Scholastic offers valuable advice in this article and it is one I recommend sharing with colleagues and parents. In a question/answer format, the article presents strategies for addressing tragic situations with students of all ages in a manner that is supportive, honest, and effective.
This Slideshare presentation by Cari Fellers is awesome! It is comprehensive, detailed, and most of all, aids in planning for crisis intervention prior to the crisis, so that any response can be immediate, organized, and effective. Perfect for individual review, but also for sharing with colleagues or at a professional development event.
Lauren S. Brown does an outstanding job of providing tips that are applicable for discussing current, recent, and past tragedies. Although this article on MiddleWeb and geared towards Middle School students, the information provided here is beneficial to students at all grade levels.
The National Association of School Psychologists has compiled a great list of resources for talking to students about crisis, tragedy, and trauma that I strongly recommend. I really like that the resources are organized by topic. For example, war and terrorism, youth suicide, bullying and more. This organization makes it easy to explore resources specific to the situation.
This infographic is a handy resource to refer to and/or share with parents. The suggestions are logical, supportive, and most of all do-able. Additionally, although focused on loss, the tips here can be applied to talking to students about any tragic or disturbing situations.
This brief article by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD offers sound advice for supporting students during times of crisis and tragedy. From research demonstrating the most effective ways to assist students during crises, to the specific recommendations for addressing such issues in the classroom, this article helps make
This article is an excellent starting place for planning how to address crisis and/or tragedies with students of all ages. The suggestions provided here are evidence-based, concrete, yet general enough to be appropriate for a range of situations. The additional resources for addressing sensitive issues (gender, race,drugs, etc.) make this article one every teacher should bookmark and share with colleagues and parents alike.