Sensitive Issues: Responses teachers need when children reveal realities experienced in their lives
Please join us at the 2014 CEASE workshop on Sensitive Issues. During our workshop a panel of early childhood professionals will share their experiences of responding to sensitive issues when they emerged in the classroom, the child’s family or community. In facilitated round-table discussions participants will explore how to respond to and support children when such issues arise.
Teachers and caregivers frequently encounter sensitive issues where the families need more help and support than they can provide. In many communities there are a variety of available resources for families. In this session we will discuss the types of resources and provide some examples. A checklist for guiding in the decision making process will be shared.
As preschool teachers, we discover appropriate responses through collaborating with staff, families, and people from the community when faced with sensitive issues in the lives of our children. Our story will focus on a health crisis that involved one of our families; a father who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. We will discuss the emotional and social challenges that impacted our young student as well as supportive strategies that we utilized in our classroom environment.
Karin Pavelek and Veronica Hernandez
How can we respond to an unexpected crisis or violence in our classroom or with our families in the community? My story will focus on a violent event that occurred at a local park where I was meeting and getting to know children and families in the new school year. We’ll talk about a crisis that can occur outside the classroom (possibly on a field trip?) and what can help parents and children feel physically safe and psychologically able to process the event in a healthy way
I will be sharing a story about a sensitive issue that was spontaneously revealed by a child in his classroom. The issue related to violence in the home and the teacher didn’t know what to do in the moment. Does this sound familiar? We all have faced times in the classroom when we are challenged by something a child brings to the group. I work primarily with infants and toddlers. They don’t have the ability to articulate hurtful and scary moments, but they may act out their emotions by being withdrawn or by acting out angrily toward their peers. In our round table discussions we will work together to find ways to address sensitive issues and proceed skillfully.
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|Good People Everywhere
by Lynea Gillen and illustrated by Kristina Swarner.
Three Pebbles Press (2012)
The book Good People Everywhere reminds us all, not just children, that acts of kindness permeate our world. The warm text and lovely illustrations tell a story about everyday kindnesses, caring and teamwork. We read about a big sister who watches her little brother, a farmer who plants seeds that provide food, a chef who feeds the poor, and a child who helps a friend with a hurt knee. The author also provides activity pages to help children practice skills for creating attributes of kindness, gratitude and compassion.
Submitted by Sharon Davisson