Teaching Students to Help Bullied Peers: Low-Risk Strategies


Teaching students who to assist peers in need can pay huge dividends. Find some strategies in Empowering Students to Curb Bullying at https://www.edutopia.org/article/empowering-students-curb-bullying?utm_source=Edutopia+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4633216dba-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_020718_enews_inoaklandreinvent&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f72e8cc8c4-4633216dba-79039791


English Learners and Trauma


Teacher perspectives in Trauma Was Hiding at This School. How Teachers Found Out and What They’re Doing to Help at https://www.weareteachers.com/trauma-hiding-at-school/

A Teacher-Generated List of Trauma Resources for Schools


A great list at:




Making Sure That No Student Ever Feels Alone in Your English Class: Tips


As teachers, we are in a relationship business. How can we not just establish relationships with kids but help them to establish them among each other? Here are some tips at http://teacherrebootcamp.com/2018/02/15/focusontherelationships/


Multilingual Resources for Talking to Kids About School / Mass Shootings


Unfortunately, we in the USA have to deal with this topic on regular basis. How do you address it with your ELs? Find some help below (thanks to Stacy Brown in Oklahoma):

Resources for talking to kids about school / mass shootings.
1.) Talking to Children About Violence: Multilingual Tips for Parents and Teachers
Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Amharic, Chinese, Portuguese, Somali, Arabic and Kurdish-Bahdini. If you need something in another language or dialect, feel free to ask and I will find it for you if I can.
English PDF (http://bit.ly/1O8CNBy)
Spanish PDF (http://bit.ly/1UKsV6Y)
Korean PDF (http://bit.ly/2F4YlDB)
Vietnamese PDF (http://bit.ly/2BxtrDR)
French PDF (http://bit.ly/2o6vR5d)
Amharic PDF (http://bit.ly/2Ew8bkI)
Chinese PDF (http://bit.ly/2C4FqKm)
Portuguese PDF (http://bit.ly/2Et6SyO)
Somali PDF (http://bit.ly/2EKxu1I)
Arabic PDF (http://bit.ly/1Ym3SKC)
Kurdish-Bahdini (http://bit.ly/2CqntBS)
2.) Tips for Talking to Students About a School Shooting
A list of tips from leading experts on Psych Central (http://bit.ly/2EtZunb)
3.) School Shootings: The Conversation You Need to Have with Your Kids
Ed. Psych. Michele Borba, EdD, shares the five best things you can say to reassure them now. (http://bit.ly/2sBrWlu)
4.) How to talk to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide
Advice from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://on.today.com/2yUrMVu)
5.) Talking to Children about Shootings
A printable PDF from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (http://bit.ly/1WLAKgh)
6.) Talking to your children about the recent spate of school shootings
From the American Psychological Association (http://bit.ly/1ebG8DT)
7.) What mental health experts say to their kids about school shootings
How to help your kids feel safe when their world feels out of control. (http://nbcnews.to/2Hh8ygD)
8.) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) developed a guide for parents and educators that provides tips for talking to preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents after traumatic events. (http://bit.ly/2GfeWno)
9.) The National Education Association and the National Education Association Health Information Network developed an extensive step-by-step guide for preparing, responding to, and recovering from crises in schools. The crisis guide provides practical suggestions and tips for educators, schools, and districts. In addition, the guide provides information on the mental health needs of students, school staff, and the greater school community.
o Web version (http://bit.ly/2Es5IUm)
o PDF version (http://bit.ly/2EHI61n)
10.) The American Psychological Association offers tips for parents to help children manage distress after school shootings (http://bit.ly/1i6UFze)
11.) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) developed the Child Trauma Toolkit for school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents to provide basic information about working with traumatized children in schools.
o Toolkit for Educators (http://bit.ly/2kczmGm)
o A two page list of suggestions for educators to help traumatized children at school. (http://bit.ly/2EryWGW)
o A brief fact sheet on the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on high school students. (http://bit.ly/2Gg4kVz)
12.) The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention has compiled numerous resources to Safe Schools / Healthy Students grantees to assist them with dealing with traumatic events at school. This link includes information to schools that have experienced a traumatic event including, talking to children about violence, responding and recovering from a traumatic event in school, and preventing violence. (http://bit.ly/2o7HmZ7)
13.) The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) assembled detailed information and fact sheets for parents and community members who may have experienced a traumatic event.(http://bit.ly/2iEbwPc)
14.) The U.S. Department of Education developed a brochure with practical information from more than three dozen experts who work with children in schools that offers advice on how to help students recover from traumatic events. The brochure provides tips for students, parents, school staff, and others. (http://bit.ly/2uzINVg)
15.) The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder highlights the common reactions and problems that adults may experience after experiencing a traumatic event. This may be relevant for educators, administrators, and other school based staff. (http://bit.ly/2o9HWpd)
16.) The SAMHSA website provides links to resources for dealing with trauma and coping in times of stress. (http://bit.ly/2F4iObw)
17.) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a brochure on coping with a traumatic event. The brochure provides information on responses to traumatic events, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and coping strategies for adults and children. (http://bit.ly/1Ogl5Q9)
18.) Dr. Marleen Wong, CSMH Expert Advisory Panel Member, and Clinical Professor and Dean of Field Education at the University of Southern California, wrote a white paper titled “Managing Threats: Safety Lessons Learned from School Shootings.” The paper discusses the social and psychological effects of school shootings, provides suggestions for preventing school shootings, and discusses education policy for school safety procedures. (http://bit.ly/2EJFPmw)
19.) PBS Parents: Talking with Kids about news (http://to.pbs.org/1hhfPyU)
20.) The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools developed a resource for assessing student violence. (http://bit.ly/2EyePXy)
***I had to get some things together for our trauma group so I’m pasting a few here in case anyone can benefit from them. If you need more psych-based resources, I have many I would be happy to share with you. If a link doesn’t work or if you need something else related, feel free to holler at me. ***

English Language Learning and the Role Of Affective Filter


The affective filter, an expression coined by Stephen Krashen, is an emotional response to stress and anxiety preventing knowledge to be acquired. What can educators do to assist students in lowering their anxieties? Read more here at http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/decreasing-social-anxiety-for-english-learners/education about Decreasing social anxiety for English learners


English Learning and the Role of Movement


Moving can enhance the acquisition of a new language. We all, as teachers, probably used singing, dancing, TPR, and other tools to capitalize on this phenomenon. Read more at http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/can-exercise-help-esl-students-learn-english/education about Can exercise help ESL students learn English?


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