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R U OK? is just around the corner. With this date and so much COVID-19 uncertainty taking place, it’s seems fitting to be asking this question to everyone we know right now.

It’s also a reminder of the important connection between making learning stick for everyone and mental health and wellbeing. If you teach, present, or run professional learning, here’s 3 IMPORTANT reminders.

REMINDER #1:  WHO YOU ARE MATTERS 

Learners in your class, workshop or professional learning session will not always remember all that you “taught them” but they often will remember YOU.

Teaching strategies do matter.

But living a healthy, abundant, congruent life matters too.

On this upcoming R U OK day, I wanted to send you a little reminder.

You’re doing important work for our world.

To make learning stick for everyone, focusing on who you are and all the ways you work to bring out the best in you, is an important KEY for making this happen.

REMINDER 2:  WHO LEARNERS ARE MATTERS

I’m feeling COVID related stress. I’m guessing you are too.

I am guessing that so are your learners!

And when learners are stressed, feeling fear, or experiencing anxiety, it can be tough for learning to stick.

Knowing the stress so many are under, consider weaving in stories of positivity, wellness, hope, optimism and wellbeing into your presentations, classes, workshops, and trainings.

With a little creativity, it can help bring out the best in your learners and help make your important content stick for everyone.

REMINDER #3: BUILD COMMUNITY 

Please remember this → Community before curriculum.

That’s because, when a group of learners feel consistently connected, it can create the conditions that help make learning stick for everyone.

This doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but on this R U OK day, let it be a reminder that for learning to stick for everyone, being connected, feeling safe and knowing your part of community, matters.

Thank you for the work you do for our world.

Dr. William DeJean


A QUESTION FOR YOU

During this lockdown period, what’s your go-to strategy for looking out for your own wellness and wellbeing?

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6 Comments

  • Sam says:

    Meditation, long walks, reaching out to others.

    • William DeJean says:

      Hi Sam! Thank you for letting us know. Taking care of ourselves and others is so important during these times. Please stay well!

  • Dianne Gibbs-Jones says:

    Keeping the routine the same – getting up, dressed and ready for work (although I am wearing my slippers) and remembering to take breaks from the computer – like I would if I was at school. Checking in on my own children throughout the day, with how things are going for them, and having them ask me how my day is going also helps. My final strategy is getting outside into the garden, regardless of the weather, but especially into the sunshine. That always boosts my mood.

    Just do something that you like and don’t feel guilty about spending some time on yourself.

    Good luck everyone. 🙂

    • William DeJean says:

      Hi Dianne. Three cheers to getting outside and taking in the sunshine. It’s also so important to know what are mood boosters are and leaning into them, especially during these uncertain times. Stay well!

  • Peter says:

    Getting out in the sunshine, reading a new book, making a list of things i want to do when we get out of covid, and learning something new!

    Turning off the TV! (no more covid updates)

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