One of the best practices that came from our remote learning era was the implementation of wellness days. The five wellness days that were spread throughout the semester were set in place of a traditional spring holiday to give students a break from classes.
Although we abandoned remote learning as a primary form of instruction, we should’ve kept wellness days for plenty of reasons — starting with the fact that we’re tired and need them now more than ever.
In-person classes are draining and the transition has not been easy
Every time I check in with peers and ask them how they are, their responses are usually the same — “I am exhausted.”
And their reasoning is almost always the transition from remote to in-person classwork.
The switch back to in-person classes was quite abrupt, and the transition has been difficult for many students — some of whom conditioned themselves to wake up minutes before class started and sign in to Zoom for classes from their beds.
Students now have to unlearn those old habits and muster up the energy to physically go to class, as if they hadn’t just spent three semesters learning from their beds.
The fast-paced nature of in-person instruction has also been difficult to readjust to. It feels like a non-stop marathon to stay ahead, but this race doesn’t grant any pit stops.