What to Expect While Temporarily Working From Home
- A Beautiful Day - UNL website with ideas for engaging (0-8 years) in learning and play activities
- Be Kind to Yourself - Psychology Today
- NAEYC Staying Connected While Far Apart - Tips for video chatting with young children
- Screen Sense - What the research says about impact of media on children under 3 years old
- Self-Care Tips – Mayo Clinic self-care tips
- Sesame Street – excellent resources for engaging learning at home activities
- Stay Calm – Strategies that help you and your child during challenging behavior
- Tips for Managing Screen Time - NY Times article
- USA Today Screen Time during COVID-19 - Includes tips for online activities to connect with friends and family
- Work, Family, and Caring for Children: Tips for Working Remotely from Home During COVID-19 by Holly Hatton-Bowers and Carrie L. Hanson-Bradley
- Zero to Three – many resources of activities to do with children and tips for managing stress and being with family
Parenting youth resources
Diet and Nutrition Resources
- Cooking Basics - Ideas, tips, and tools for basic foods to have on hand, ingredient substitutions, and getting creative with what you have in your kitchen.
- Recipe Central – Lots of recipe ideas
- Tips for Cooking with Kids - Children enjoy helping in the kitchen and often are more willing to eat foods they help prepare. Involve your child in planning and preparing some meals and snacks for the family. It is important that you give kitchen tasks appropriate for your child's age.
- Staying Active while at Home - One of the most important things you can do to improve your health is be physically active. Focus on moving at home by checking out these tips.
- Events and Activities
- Social Media Channels to Follow/Like for New Information
- UNL Food e-Newsletter sign-up
Physical Activity and Exercise Resources
Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching/Meetings
Before a session, ask participants to consider the settings for their names. In face-to-face meetings, the first courtesy typically extended is introductions. Apply this lesson to Zoom: Invite participants to edit their name on display and choose how they would like to be addressed. Suggest they consider adding a preferred pronoun and/or a pronunciation guide, too.
Establish the rules of engagement for Zoom meetup. Be mindful that the video component may not be possible because of internet access or some may feel uncomfortable sharing their workspace at home. As always, we advocate being transparent about the reasoning behind requests. You might also decide which other aspects of class/meeting culture are important to you — such as keeping audio muted until called upon, use a certain method to ask a question, or indicate in a particular way when they have to leave a session early. Invite participants to suggest a few rules of engagement of their own, since, at this point in the transition to social distancing, they have probably seen both good and bad examples.
Use different ways for participants to "speak up." In Zoom, just as in face-to-face teaching/meetings, there are many ways to hear from people. We’re learning in our own campus administrative meetings what number of people starts to feel like "a crowd" on Zoom and when we might be tempted to retreat and shut down. Likewise, the more ways you can allow participants to engage, the better. Besides options such as the click on the hand-raised symbol to speak, you can allow participants to use the chat tool or you could open a live external Q&A. For quick questions — "Can you see my screen?" or "How are you feeling about the information so far?" — just ask everyone for a thumbs up or down.
Consider the way you start. Without structure, the beginning of online meetings can be very awkward. As people join in at different times, consider using those initial minutes to build community. Ask participants to select a virtual background that tells something about them — you could even propose themes: the place you would be if you could snap your fingers and make it happen, the food you are most craving. Another way to begin is to pose a question — "What’s one thing that you’re grateful for today?" — that participants answer through the chat tool. They can scroll through responses as they get settled.
Be intentional about how you end your Zoom sessions. In face-to-face teaching/meeting, the universal signal that class/meeting is nearly over is that participants start packing up their materials. Find ways to make the closing of your virtual class/meeting more structured and routine. For example, you might end sessions with participants sharing their "muddiest point" in the chat window before they leave, so you know what to go over again in the next Zoom session. Or you could invite participants to hang around after the session if they want to chat more informally.
Break out the breakout-room tool. Consider adding to your repertoire the division of the class/meetings into small groups. Many participants are more likely to join in a small-group discussion than in a large scale one. The tool itself will randomly assign participants to small groups, but you can change the default timing settings of when they enter and exit the breakout rooms, as well as who is in which groups. Provide clear instructions to explain the prompt. Ask participants to share their names and Zoom locations before beginning the discussion or assignment. Tell them how much time they will have, and how and where to report the results. Groups function more inclusively with more structure, so consider assigning someone (use random criteria, such as "alphabetized starting with first letter of your last name") to report on each group’s results once back in the main Zoom meeting.
Lastly, acknowledge that we’re all learning together. It’s understandable that you may feel frustrated, sad, mad, or any host of other emotions about switching to Zoom (or some other website) from the comfort of campus. This is not what you, participants, or students signed up for this term. Model how remote learning doesn’t have to mean exclusion and social isolation. Perhaps now, more than ever, is the best time to reassure students and others.
Adapted from Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathay, 8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching
Emotional and Family Well-being Resources
- Couple and Family Clinic at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Many services available including couples counseling, family therapy, pre-martial therapy, EMDR, individual therapy, discernment counseling, and parenting classes
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Managing stress and anxiety
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Parent/Caregiver guide to Helping families cope with the COVID-19
- Suicide Prevention Hotline - Emotional wellbeing tips during COVID-19
- Talking with Children about Infectious Diseases
Protecting Your Mental Health while temporarily working from home
Interview with Dr. Katrina Cordts, Assistant professor and pediatric psychologist at University of Nebraska Medical Center. The social distancing, and work-and-study-from-home guidance associated with our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges related to all aspects of our health and well-being. These challenges include heightened risks to our mental health.
Captions are available through the media player. A full transcript is available through MediaHub.
Protecting Your Mental Health Resources
- UNMC Wellness - Variety of wellness programs for faculty, staff, and students
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline - Free disaster distress line to help individuals manage heightened emotional responses during the pandemic
- Interview with Dr. Ryan Edwards, UNMC child psychiatrist and division director - discusses how parents can help children and themselves during the coronavirus outbreak
We recognize that temporarily working from home can take a toll on your mental, emotional, relational, physical, and nutritional health. The following resources are available to help you understand issues that may arise and tips for addressing those issues.
The Employee Assistant Program (EAP) is offering assistance during the change of COVID-19. Visit the EAP website for information on how to schedule a zoom session with an EAP counselor and to view additional resources.
Nebraska Extension has compiled a list of resources related to family, well-being, and safe keeping.
College of Education and Human Sciences and Nebraska Extension are offering a podcast series called Stronger Together.
UNL Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is providing emotional wellness resources and has wellness-related apps.
Protecting your relationships while temporarily working from homeListen to Podcast with Dr. Paul Springer
Parenting young children while temporarily working from home
(Part I) Listen to Podcast with Holly Hatton-Bowers
Parenting youth while temporarily working from homeListen to Podcast with Vanessa Neuhaus Additional Resources
Diet and Nutrition while temporarily working from homeListen to Podcast with Dr. Lisa Franzen-Castle Additional Resources
Physical Activity and Exercise while temporarily working from homeListen to Podcast with Dr. Shinya Takahashi Additional Resources
Protecting your mental health while temporarily working from homeListen to Podcast with Dr. Katrina Cordts Additional Resources
- UNL Office of Diversity and Inclusion COVID-19 response
- National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy, The COVID-19 Strategy Guide
- Ways to be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching
- Coming Together for Wellness - provides fun ideas of activities to do as a family and information about connecting with supportive community members and professionals.