The Advice I Hope No Teacher Needs (But Probably Will At Some Point)

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Oct 24, 2015 12:05:49 AM

I love to share my favorite tech tools for teachers or tips for back to school night, but today I want to share something that I don't love. I don't love standing in front of a full class when absolutely NO ONE is ready to think about gerunds or character development.  I don't love to be the adult they are looking at when their heart is breaking.  Unfortunately, as teachers we are likely to be put in this position at least once in our careers. I'm talking about teaching the first classes after tragedy.  My school has experienced this twice in the recent past and in both circumstances I was completely unprepared.  A few years ago, one of my school's most  beloved teachers passed away suddenly and then last week, a popular and outgoing student from my school committed suicide.  These losses hit us like a ton of bricks.  I wish that I could say that they are part of rare, tragic occurrences for teens in school, but here are some staggering statistics to the contrary:

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Topics: Classroom Management, dealing with teacher stress, teaching advice, tragedy

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