A Journey From Tragedy to Healing

Jessica Ann Watts (Oklahoma State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 152
EISBN13: 9781799858669|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2971-3.ch012
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“A Journey From Tragedy to Healing” transcends one administrator's narrative about how her students and teachers were thrust into a culture of fear during the most tragic event the school had ever experienced. The author's story is about how negative experiences can lead schools through journeys of growth and healing to develop a culture of safety. Lessons for teachers and administrators are threaded through rich personal experiences and include reflections on daily school operations designed to promote emotional and physical safety, growing situational awareness of students' wellbeing, learning new approaches to student interactions through the integration of their funds of knowledge, a critical re-examination of instructional and curriculum pedagogy, and the importance of taking care of one's self. The author concludes by reminding teachers not to forget that their mission should be to educate the whole child by meeting their safety, emotional, and academic needs.
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