Students, their families, their teachers and communities are experiencing challenges. We can often get stuck in negative patterns and distractions, and it is essential to transform these into more meaningful experiences and situations (Amendt-Lyon, 2001; Mezirow, 1991). Scott (1998) posited that there could be the personal and social transformation or a combination of both in adult education. If we cannot identify problems, we are unlikely to change ourselves and interact with others (Stevens & Spears, 2009). It is essential to suspend our judgments, immediate responses to reflect upon causes and effects (Amendt-Lyon, 2001). There is merit in developing our theories and perspectives (Conrad & Donaldson, 2004). Mezirow (1978) referred to perspective transformation and described it as being an essential aspect of development.
Students and others experience threats and weaknesses in the COVID-19 pandemic. If you adopt a positive change of perspective, these negatives could become strengths and opportunities to join with family and friends online. Please enjoy this moment in time and the world around you. It is a beautiful world!
The image immediately below is of Canmore, Alberta, and the picture below is from Cape Meares, Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. A new day begins, and with it, hope for the future. Hope springs eternal!