On Being Unprepared

May 1, 2007 at 9:59 am 2 comments

I got to school this morning a few minutes before my first class of the day.  It was a normal day until a colleague pulled me aside and let me know that we lost a student last night in a fire at her home.

Last year was my first year to teach, and I had this student in my 6th period U.S. history class.  She was a beautiful, delightful young lady to work with.

It’s a sensitive situation, and I’m not sure how much is appropriate for me to say.  What I do know is that I wasn’t prepared for this moment.  There weren’t any classes on this in my certification program.  We have crisis counselors on campus to help students handle the news, but I’m not sure what I am supposed to do….

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  • 1. On loss « Jig-Saw History Blog  |  May 2, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    […] a loss this week with the death of a senior, just a few weeks before graduation. Students and teachers are mourning in their own way, and if there is a worse way to end a good year of school, I’m […]

  • 2. SO UPSETTING! « The Other Side of the Desk  |  May 4, 2007 at 8:11 am

    […] funeral is this morning, it’s rainy outside (again!), and don’t even get me started on the […]

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