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Beaufort County teacher offers words of encouragement to students while they work from home

Mar 25, 2020

(WJCL) – People everywhere are working to navigate a new normal during this time.

Bridgette Frazier is an 8th grade teacher at Hilton Head Island Middle school.

Like many, she’s facing the obstacles of working from home.

“We all find ourselves in this moment of uncharted territory. We haven’t been here before. Wondering when we’re going back, if we’re going back, and what’s going to happen when we do get a chance to return back to routine,” Frazier says.

Naturally, many students and parents are feeling frustrations when it comes to completing assignments in this new way of doing things.

But Frazier, who has 15 years of teaching experience under her belt, says there are things you can do at home to ease the stress.

First, she says don’t try to tackle everything at once, set goals and give yourself breaks.

“Those plans, you know, all at once can seem very overwhelming and even kind of impossible to complete. Maybe Monday’s going to be set aside for English. Maybe Tuesday’s going to be set aside for math,” says Frazier.

Another thing she likes to implement: incentives.

“As good educators, we practice that in the classroom as well. You know whether it’s giving them, not just positive praise. It could be an incentive of extra gaming time or it could be an incentive of get their favorite treat,” says Frazier.

Above all, she says it’s important for everyone to take care of their mental health and offers these works of encouragement:

“We’re going to get through this together. A team effort. We all didn’t plan or predict that we were going to be here. But we’re here now, and we’re going to do our best to navigate through this moment of uncertainty,” says Frazier.

You can find tips from the CDC on how to manage stress and anxiety here.

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