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Coping with Grief February 26, 2015

Posted by jennienorgaard in ECMP 455.

On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to take part in the Coping with Grief presentation that was run by Sylvia Keall. This was a great opportunity to sit in on this workshop for beginning teachers and all teachers in my mind because you never know when a situation like this might arise in your classroom or even in the school. The professional development opportunities that we are offered are all a good experience that I think all beginning educators should try and attend a few of these before they get right into their careers. However, with that being said, these should be something that we continue throughout our careers as well and not something that we stop doing once we become teachers.

One of the most important points I got out of this presentation was the idea of how teachers should always be available to our students and the idea that we should be there to listen to our students and whatever they want to tell/talk to us about. Another key idea that was brought to our attention during this presentation was the idea that we should always try and be truthful with the students instead of lying about something, such as suicide.

It was explained in the workshop that every person grieves in a different way and may take longer than another person before they are ready to talk about it. So as teachers we should not be trying to force the students to talk about their situation if they are not ready to talk about it yet. And as parents we should not be letting our children know when it is a good time to go back to school and into their daily routines of their lives. The children or the people grieving will know when the time is right!

Overall, this was a great experience to be able to take part in to learn the different ideas of how we can help with people who are grieving and we learned some great points/ ideas to help us as future educators for when we encounter a situation like this in our own classroom, school or within our community.

It was very interesting sitting in on this especially since during my internship I had a few cases dealing with the idea of loss and I did not really know how to go about dealing with it myself.

I came across this website and it deals with a lot of the ideas that Sylvia was talking about in her presentation! For anyone who did not attend the presentation, I would encourage you to take a look at this.



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