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    addressing their fears
    By Cathy-Dee

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    I think it is good to acknowledge their fears, but only if they bring the topic up themselves.

    I think that even if you don't feel it yourself, you need to let them know and feel that their parents and the leaders of your country are doing everything to make their world safe. That they shouldn't be worried because you know everyone is working hard to make sure nothing else happens.

    Let them know it's ok to feel scared and sad about something like this. And it's ok to cry or even need a hug. Then if you have a "mascot" or teddy bear in the room, let the kids know that they can hug him all they want. You might even want to bring in a couple of extra teddy bears for the next week. I know our younger ones do find comfort in these characters and feel safe telling their worries to them.

    If some of your students start to ask difficult questions or more specific questions, I would answer generally and then perhaps get your Principal, school counsellor or even have the secretary call their parents for them to get more one-on-one answers and away from the class so that the other children are not overly upset by the questions.



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