Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
When you welcome students back to school after a long holiday weekend or vacation time…
…you have a big opportunity to help heal hurting children!
Let’s face it…the world can be a scary or lonely place at times.
Research cites distressing numbers of children who go hungry when they’re away from school, face abuse, and endure other hurtful hardships.
Most adults have developed strategies for managing stressful situations and feelings of loneliness, but many of us still need “a shoulder to lean on” sometimes.
Experienced educators know that children are less skilled at dealing with negative feelings.
Hurting children – all children – benefit from guidance we can offer, including the admission that we sometimes feel hurt and lonely too.
Hurt and loneliness know no age limit.
Any gesture that communicates care will catch and keep kids’ attention.
Use gentle humor to help hurting children heal.
Share my funny poem that addresses worry with your whole class or in a one-on-one conversation with a child who seems upset…
vowed that he
would live his life
Whenever a problem
tested his resolve,
Dennis B said,
“Problems can be solved.”
“Worry only slows us down,”
Dennis said with poise,
“Let’s figure out solutions,
instead of making noise.
Grinding our teeth
until our jaws are sore,
will only make us
“Simply put,” said Dennis B,
“I feel much better
Help heal hurting children by introducing loneliness busters. (more…)