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How to Discuss Tragedy with Middle and High School Students

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Whether confronted with the untimely death of a classmate, senseless school shootings, or destructive natural disasters, secondary students often need help understanding, making sense of, and dealing with tragedy. It can be especially difficult for many middle and high school teachers, who may be struggling with their own questions such as: "What is my role," "How much do we share," "What supports do I need to have available to students I see so infrequently or only know so well?" Join Dr. Michelle Anthony as she discusses how educators can best support learners when tragedy strikes. She will provide suggestions and strategies for discussing these difficult topics with children in grades 7-12.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Cross-curricular
Last aired on: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Administrator Resources, Communication & Collaboration, Counseling, School Safety
Tags: administrator resources, counseling, dealing with grief, discussing tragedy, high school, middle school, natural disasters, school safety, secondary students, tragedies, tragedy, violence

Reviews (19)

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Full Member
Great presentation - particularly timely in light of some of the things happening at our school now.
I appreciated hearing a great discussion about this very important topic. Your presentation was organized, easy to follow, and had great suggestions. Thank you.
Full Member
Validates what we have in place in our school community.
Full Member
Great information and resources. I hope that I never have to go through a tragedy such as the one that you have described during my teaching tenure.
Full Member
Important and useful information. Thank you!
Full Member
Great information. There is so much going on in the school setting today.
Full Member
The information is good and very timely! Thank you for sharing
Basic Member
Thank you for providing such important information and guidelines.
Full Member
Very useful information!
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