I’m going to pull away from math content this week to share a website relevant to the lives of everyone who works with students. Last month NPR posted an article citing “7 out of 10 teachers have a student currently in their classroom who is grieving...” Grandparents, parents, siblings, friends--the worst can and does happen and teaching programs don’t often cover how to support students when it does.
A new website from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students offers a wide range of resources for teachers in the form of modules with readings and videos on topics such as Conversation & Support, which covers practical advice for talking with a grieving student, peer support, providing support over time, and what not to say. There is even one on the role of social media in grieving, which is definitely worth watching.
I hope the Coalition website makes it into your bookmarks as a resource to be there when you, your students, or your colleagues need it.
Written by Ashli Black @mythagon