Teacher Resource List:
California Department of Education: Dealing with Tragedy
To assist schools in helping students cope with violence, loss, and grief, the California Department of Education has provided some helpful resources that are applicable for coping with any tragedy.
Dealing with a National Tragedy
Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.
TeachersCount: Stress Management
TeachersCount is a nonprofit organization that provides resources for the education community. Their stress management page is “best of the web” compilation of resources for teachers regarding self-care and coping with stress.
Learning First Alliance: Bullying
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of educational associations dedicated to improving learning in American public schools. Their bullying page provides resources including educational initiatives, research articles, videos, podcasts and organizations dedicated to the prevention of bullying.
Stress comes in many forms – relationships, work, health, hormones, momentary dilemmas, and more – and there are just as many ways to tackle it. Click HERE for a list of helpful stress soothers that are so simple, they’re often forgotten.
Preventing Holiday Stress and Depression
Instead of letting the holidays become something you dread, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the this time of year. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays. For some tips from the Mayo Clinic, click HERE.