PERMA 2.0 or digital wellbeing during remote teachingSo, the PERMA model seems to have it all. Except for one thing! Being created almost a decade ago – Martin Seligman published his seminal book “ Flourish” in 2012 – PERMA does not include the digital component, which is pervasive nowadays in our lives. Since remote teaching and learning might continue for a while, it’s high time to reconsider digital wellbeing for both students and teachers and adopt some guidelines for this new normal. A PERMA model for a digital society or PERMA 2.0:
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Positive emotionIt’s hard not to give in to frustration, anger, and sadness when we think about the current situation. But we should also be grateful that we can still meet online and learn from each other. Both students and teachers should try to reconsider remote teaching and be grateful for their advantages.
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EngagementIt’s pointless to do a sloppy job just because your feed frustrated by the current situation. It goes both ways: aloof teachers, sending homework by email, without doing any teaching; students logging on Zoom with their camera and microphone off, just to have their name on the attendance sheet. Be present and do the best you can; it’s the best way of coping with any uncomfortable situation.
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RelationshipsSchool is not all about knowledge transfer. The social experience offered by schools is essential for the development of any child. Since students are deprived of this experience during the remote teaching period, try to recreate it online. Let them see that online interaction is a safe space where they can share their emotions, especially during these challenging times.
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MeaningTry to see the meaning of it all. In our opinion, the lesson that can all learn from this pandemic is resilience. “The show must go on” can be turned into “Our school must go on”. We may not be very happy about how it’s going, but it’s important to show to all those involved that they have the strength to carry on.
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AccomplishmentBe happy and thankful for the small victories. For instance, a student had problems at school but is doing relatively well under the circumstances. Students can use the platform, send homework in time, they engage in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Aim higher, if you will, but take your time to celebrate those little things.
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