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February 21, 2020

The Don't Sweat Guide for Teachers #34

# 34: Acknowledge Trauma


Here are some excerpts and suggestions from, The Don't Sweat Guide for Teachers, based on the book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.


"As a teacher, you can be sure that you will encounter the effects of traumatic incidents, not only in your own life, but also in those of your students."


"If you are a classroom teacher, your students spend a lot of their time with you and others in the school. In large part, you are their community, and they rightfully look to you for accurate information, comfort and safety. So what do you do when disaster strikes?"


1. Acknowledge that people are suffering and sharing a simple statement such as, "I'm sorry for what has happened" can bring great comfort. Do not say things to minimize their pain like, "Perhaps there was a good reason for this."


2. Remember that healing of emotions take time. Rushing to a solutions or resolution is not helpful.


3. Let students know that extra support is available. Emotional pain heals best when it "is met with the love and kindness of others."


(Pages 81-82)

Thank you for the many ways you care for our students

♥ Audrey

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