You just know what the topic of conversation will be at school this morning and, perhaps, for the next while.
Hopefully, your school district has planned for such an unfortunate event and you have instructions about these discussions in the employee handbook. Hopefully, you would have received communications over the weekend or this morning detailing exactly where to find that information and perhaps some additional resources so that you can be prepared.
If you or your students were connected to any kind of media, traditional or social, over the weekend, you couldn’t avoid hearing the details and speculations as news services reported the truths known and tried to be the first to report on “Breaking News” which often can ignore the facts on the chance that they might be the first to tell you something.
Over the weekend, I found this article from Time with suggestions for having this discussion with children. Upon digging further, there are a number of articles related to this topic. I particularly liked this one because it gave specific ideas based upon the age of the child having the discussion. I’ve seen the article shared and reshared as the online community attempts to educate itself.
Sheila Stewart shared an article that she thought was particularly good as well.
Hopefully you’ll find these articles, in addition to your districts resources, helpful today. It’s a sombre reminder to society how the teaching profession can reach out and do so much more for children than just teaching subject content.