The Wuhan coronavirus is dominating the news right now and you’ve probably noticed your students making comments about it too. Unfortunately, some of their comments can be extremely inappropriate, offensive, rude and even racist…
Perhaps someone coughs or sneezes in class. Do your students make a “coronavirus” comment and make the poorly student feel paranoid and insecure? What about if you see people start running away from Chinese students in your school screaming that they have the coronavirus, what about then?
You don’t think that’s happening in your school? Spend some time in the playground or the virtual playground of TikTok, your eyes will be widened and shocked at what is coming out of peoples’ mouths regarding such a frightening situation.
This is where we can help their ignorance and teach them about how their reactions might not be appropriate and what the effects of them can be on others. This is why I created this resource and why it’s free. All students need to hear this and be aware of how their “jokes” and comments can affect others around them, not to mention how it belittles those who are actually dying.
Please feel free to use this resource as part of a class discussion or even a whole school assembly. It guides you through the current news of the coronavirus and then gently leads into discussion on the range of reactions we’re seeing.
Please be sure to read all the disclaimers and watch the videos before showing them to your class as some might be too sensitive for your particular students. Either way, this resource will surely hit home and encourage your students to think twice before being insensitive regarding the coronavirus.
Great for an Assembly, Class Discussion, Social Skills, Life Skills and PSHE (Physical, Social, Health Education) lessons.