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Transitions and Learning

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Transitions and Learning

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Transitions are liminal spaces. We move through them from one place to another. In writing, transitions build bridges between paragraphs. They give readers a sense of where they’re headed. But in some transitions that space in between feels less like a bridge and more like a fog. You catch glimpses of where you’re going, but then there’s no sense of direction. Many of you may be feeling that way after a semester of unexpected transition.

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  1. Perry Shaw June 1, 2020

    A poignant reflection, Maryellen. I have always found it helpful to use Kübler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief as a lens for understanding the process of transition: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. All transitions are a sort of “death” and more recently I have observed many teachers needing to work through the Five Stages as they adjust to the Covid19 restrictions.

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