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Resources for Talking with Students about Violence

November 14, 2015

This morning our thoughts are with Paris. Another senseless tragedy…. Unfortunately, I have gathered resources in the past for teachers to use in the classroom. I hope these will help you be ready for Monday.


From Surviving to Thriving

Another  senseless tragedy ended a beautiful spring day in Boston and clouded the memories of those courageous marathon runners who were pursuing a  dream. Below are resources for talking with your students and helping them see that the world can be a better place and that we can all be agents of change.

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    November 14, 2015 11:53 am

    Thanks for this Linda. As you know I deal with students who come from compromised homes and traumatic lives. As such they carry anger and hatred with them daily, in their very beings. Are there any books or articles you know of that help kids understand that their anger is no different than the anger and hatred that fuels these horrible incidents? That if they don’t find a way to deal with their anger, they could be in a similar situation? I’m doing journaling with them to move toward peaceful thoughts and growth mindset, but they still feel their anger is justified at the point. While the anger may be and probably is justified their use of angry speech and threats are not; serving only to exacerbate the situation. While we need to grieve with those who’ve lost their loved ones, we also need to find a way to help our kids break the cycle of violence/revenge. I think I will leave dealing w/Paris to the classroom teachers and continue on with my quote inspired journaling and Scholastic first Thanksgiving plans. Then I’ll have them write their “What I’m grateful for” essays. I have not found any better antidote yet for feeling abused than recognizing blessings. It doesn’t negate the bad feelings it acknowledges them and then replaces them with good ones. If there’s any hope for our future it may come from reminding them that even when there’s evil, there’s also good.

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