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  1. September 29, 2021
    Cloud Panther

    Really appreciate the thoughtfulness here. I wonder if it's possible that at that age they would already have learned such behavior is unacceptable, yet distance learning may have driven two changes. 1. Increase in social anxiety which leads to fidget behavior to reduce said anxiety 2. A higher propensity towards taking actions that serve the individual vs community. In this example playing with a toy to reduce anxiety is more important than the social stigma related to it. I'd wonder if the student needs some help handling anxiety. Also, just as WFH has changed perspectives of professionals/adults and their tolerances for the "typical" work place stresses, it's possible children too are reassessing their tolerance for the school environment in its current form. I would hesitate to think the goal is to readjust to the way things were or to see if this presents clarity into how learning environments can evolve to better suit individual needs.

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