Managing Traumatic International Events in the Classroom by @MrStuchbery

Name: Mike Stuchbery
Twitter:  @MrStuchbery
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: Geography/History
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Managing traumatic international events in the classroom

  1. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen. The absence of acknowledgement can allow misinformation & fear to flourish.
  2. Allow some time for discussion. Young people will often have concerns and anxieties that a few choice words from a teacher may be able to allay.
  3. Ensure that routine doesn’t fly out the window. The stability of processes followed each lesson will do much to calm and reassure students.
  4. Model the kind of emotional response you’d expect in your classroom. Remain objective and as calm as possible.
  5. If some want to keep talking about events with you, offer to outside class or direct them to pastoral support staff to allow further processing of the event.
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