By Flora Pereira: Over the past two weeks we have been mourning the deaths of our children. Children who have barely even tasted of the greatness this life has to offer. They had reasons some of us may never understand but we can no longer sit back relax and condemn their actions. We need to pick up the pieces and move on by this I mean take care of what remains; OUR CHILDREN! They need us, together as a community we can make a difference. As a teacher I will do my part what will you do?
To: Our Children.
Letting teachers know what’s happening in your life can give you relief from the stress of carrying it alone. We can be a sounding board, to listen — telling teachers or someone about your situation, thoughts, and feelings will help you better understand yourself. We can help you think of things you can do to make your situation better. We don’t think it’s strange that you want to talk to us. In fact, most teachers take it as a compliment that you value our support.
How can you approach a teacher to talk?
Pick a time before or after class. Say, “I’ve got a situation I’m dealing with and I’d really like to talk to you about it. Is there a good time we could talk?” Most teachers would be happy to meet at lunchtime or during a free period or after classes.
The conversation doesn’t have to be long. If you want, you can plan ahead so you know what you want to say. For example, think about what you want to get out of the conversation and then let the teacher know. For example:
“I’m having a problem and I need someone to listen as I think it through.” “I need your advice on something.” “Can you help me figure out ideas to cope?” “Can you keep this confidential?”
Reach out to Teachers; we are supportive adults, we can help you to be more resilient to better able to deal with stress and better able to recover quickly from the difficult times.
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