With September 11th tomorrow, conversations of remembrance are sure to be circulating around the classroom this week. Though the devastation that the United States felt 13 years ago is far from being forgotten and the sadness it caused families of lost loved ones will never diminish, there are some positive lessons you can draw from what happened to develop students’ social and emotional development.
A Focus on Resilience
Teachers know more than most that it is not if something goes wrong but rather when. There is many a classroom crisis you will have to manage, whether it is comforting incoming children who are dealing with homelessness, abuse, or bullying or natural disasters affecting the community. Building resilience in children as they face challenging situations is not only an excellent coping technique, but it will also provide students with an approach for handling sticky situations they are sure to face in the future.
The Crisis Manual for Early Childhood Teachers helps teachers to not only identify children who are dealing with continual stress, but also how to respond to those problems ranging from divorce to sexual abuse. Best of all, it points out strategies for working with parents to re-direct disciplinary action and provide consistent support for the child. To make sure you are prepared to handle those situations, you can browse the resources below for building resilience in young children:
Replacing Fear with Positivity
Besides preparing your students for crisis and its effects through building resilience, you can also use your voice in the classroom to reassure students that they are safe. Many children face big fears upon entering the classroom and have varying levels of emotional well-being. The best way to relieve children’s fear is through being LOUDER in the classroom. We have a great Crisis and Disaster Preparedness resource for learning how to Listen, Observe, Understand, Discuss, Empathize, and Reassure in the face of crisis.
We hope you found these resources helpful in preparing students for crisis. If you have creative coping techniques you use in the classroom, feel free to share them with us @Kaplanco with the hashtag #copingwithcrisis.