School: re-entry syndrome

Fear of not being able to “hide” behind a screen, anxiety of a new environment or of returning to a context that has not been frequented for at least two years, fear of not being accepted by groups in presence. These are some of the anxieties and fears of students who will start the new school year, a real ‘return syndrome’ that adds to the worry of being infected.

Among the effects of DAD, such as early school leaving, poor diet, excess sedentary lifestyle, sleep disorders, binge watching, video game addiction, there is added the anguish of not being able to face the new school year in attendance.

Talking about it is Maria Cristina Gori, neurologist psychologist and teacher of the ECM course «Learning from Covid-19: the psychological consequences of isolation and distance learning» carried out by Consulcesi.

«Each passage of school grade requires a different approach to study and new subjects. Every beginning involves a risk of unpredictability. And if the unpredictability is manifold, the picture becomes even more complicated ”, explains the psychologist referring to the uncertainties that characterize the beginning of the new school year. «If the unpredictability does not only concern the new cycle of studies, but also the ways in which attendance can occur, everything becomes more complex. Will I be able to tolerate so many stimuli in the classroom? To keep the media muted? To keep the mask? To get along with everyone? To be in silence or in the noise of a classroom for a long time, without the possibility of turning off a switch and walking away? Will my study method be adapted to the new rhythms? “

There are psychological fears associated with the pandemic and the uncertainty of the preventive strategies implemented to which are added to the previous ones due to isolation and distance learning for this, as Gori underlines, “Begin to experience the first certainties in uncertainty, as in a play on words, is the new educational challenge for everyone: for teachers, for parents, for students ».

And again, «Starting a course of study is like setting out on a journey with a suitcase in which we decide to bring what we need. In the suitcase there are our history, our skills, our personality; it is not said, however, that everything we have in our luggage will be needed for the trip. Maybe you just need to pull out something at the right time and then put it back, for example the attention capacity in a task in the presence, the irony and the sympathy in the recess time, or even in some moments the ability to tolerate loneliness if we have it need, without feeling frustrated by this ».

Each of us, therefore, has transversal skills, or those skills that belong to us, that we have learned to develop over the years, or for which we have a particular predisposition and that can be brought into play in the most disparate contexts. “One of the great challenges of these times is being able to translate all these skills into action, putting them into action in the most diversified moments”, explains the psychologist. “In the future it will be precisely these skills that will constitute the essential traits of flexibility in work, in the family and in social networks, to allow a healthy adaptation to changing environments while always remaining oneself”.

It seems to be extremely important to deepen those studies related to social deprivation to understand “the subtle functioning of the mind in the face of an uncertain situation such as a pandemic, learning to recognize the dysfunctions of the mind in the face of unforeseen events”, emphasizes Dr. Gori.

«The ECM course created by Consulcesi, in addition to providing the scientific information currently available on the effects of social distancing on the younger generations, useful for understanding the world to come, as imagined by the younger generations; aims to provide the tools to understand the scientific sources of the data and to know the experiences of educational success, because the pandemic has shown not only the criticalities, but also the possibility of surviving, of learning and learning alternative strategies “, Gori concludes.

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