How to handle hardship

I know it isn’t Wednesday, which means I shouldn’t be writing about work – but I was pretty busy this week with lesson planning. I am making up some of the posts that I would’ve written during the week.. I gave myself a “new rule”, in which I can write a post that does not relate to the daily theme (like Caturday right now) if I also write one that connects to the theme. So it forces me to write two in one day for deciding to break the Distinct Days 😮 Here goes!

The first REAL day of school was September 11, and the school had a small service for the 4th-6th graders – we all watched the tolling of the bells video and said prayers for family members lost in the attack. Afterwards the 5th grade teachers wanted to have a more in-depth conversation with the students. They explained where they were when it happened, and more about the awful day. It was very interesting to me to see how they handled the situation of hardship and how not to scare the children. I forgot that since it happened in 2001, the students were not even born when it occurred. They knew September 11 is a day of remembrance, but had very little sense of why. The teachers allowed the students to ask questions and gave very honest answers.

It showed me how important it is to explain horrible situations. but without recreating the fear. The students just wanted to know how and why the planes were hijacked, and what occurred afterwards. I always talk about MLK day, but have never brought up 9/11 in a school setting. I will definitely deal with it the same way as my coteachers in years to come.


15 thoughts on “How to handle hardship

  1. I wonder how children’s minds process such information. Kudos to the teachers explaining such horrific incidents in a manner that doesn’t recreate the fear.


  2. I remember being in school when this happened. My parents were in NYC when the towers fell and I remember this cramping feeling in my chest. I began to sweat and gasp for air because I was so worried for their safety. It must be hard to talk about a subject like this to a group so young. Thank you for what you do!

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  3. I think it was a brilliant idea to give the children space to think about that tragic day and ask questions. It’s often easy for us as teachers to want to fill their heads and silent spaces with information. But, it is best to give them some details and let them process the rest.

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