Transformative Educational Leadership Journal | ISSUE: Fall 2021
Woven with images, research excerpts, quotes, and the voices of the educators and young learners in her school, Barb Hamblett shares a beautiful portrait of the Spiral of Inquiry at work in her school. Flip through this case study about well-being and transformation and you’ll see the bold heart and head work in action.
By Barb Hamblett
The Impact of a Pandemic
In March of 2020, the world hit pause as the coronavirus, COVID -19, swept across the planet. For our school this meant a move to online learning for 3 and a half months followed by a full return of students to classroom s the following September. Students cam e back telling us they felt frightened, stressed and unsure about being back at school. It was clear to all of us that we needed to respond with a plan to look after their well-being. So… we scanned them one week into school to make sure we understood what was going on for our students.
Here are a few student responses we heard:
“I would feel safer at home.”
“Because of the whole COVID thing, school is really hard to get used to.”
“I don’t have anyone to hang out with.”