(check out my BAM! podcast, “How Can We Help Students Handle Loss and Grief?”)
UPDATE: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Orlando Shooting is from TIME.
Today’s tragedy in Connecticut seems too awful for words.
Here are some resources on talking with children about tragedies. I hope you’ll share more:
The Best Resources For Helping Students Deal With Grief might be useful.
Resources: Talking and Teaching About The Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Unspeakable Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is from Edutopia.
Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting is from The New York Times.
How to talk to kids about violence is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.
Talk to Your Kids About the Recent Violence is from ABC News.
Taking Aim at Violence in Schools (lesson plan) from NY Times Learning Network.
Coping with Tragedy is from The California Department of Education.
Here are resources from The PTA.
How Not to Talk With Children About the Sandy Hook Shooting is from The New York Times.
School Violence: Is It in Your Backyard? Examining Recent Trends in School Violence is a simple lesson plan that could easily be adapted for the Connecticut tragedy.
I thought this segment from PBS NewsHour was good:
Here’s an excerpt that I found particularly useful, and which I will re-emphasize to my students tomorrow:
AMY SMITH: First of all, I would like to reinforce the idea that schools are very safe places. They certainly are very safe places.
One of the things that we can help our children do is understand the difference between something that can happen — clearly, these types of horrific events can happen. But the probability of them happening is extremely small. And we need to help students and faculty and parents and communities understand that that’s true.
In the Wake of Newtown, Helping Children Cope is from Education Week.
Handling Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids About Sandy Hook is from Edutopia.
Newtown shootings: How do you explain murder to a child? is from The BBC.
Talking about terrorist attacks with young people: tips for teachers is from The Guardian.
Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy is from Edutopia.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 15, 2018
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) February 15, 2018
— AFT (@AFTunion) February 15, 2018
How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things is from NPR.
Resiliency After Violence is from Harvard.
How to talk to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide https://t.co/HmCkpWZl6o
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 18, 2018
Teaching in Times of Tragedy is from The Teaching Channel.
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War is from Common Sense Media.
Big boys and girls DO cry: How teachers and parents should talk to children about traumatic events is from The Washington Post.
The Best Way to Break Awful News to a Kid, According to Reddit is from Lifehacker.
Texas school shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror is from The LA Times.