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  • Hirsch Metro High School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

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All it takes is the positive influence of one adult to help a student. Coping strategies can be taught and with the appropriate strategies, students will have the tools they need to be successful. When I am called to deal with a crisis, the staff describes students as angry, aggressive, or sad. Descriptions of students' actions include inappropriate coping skills such as fighting, cussing, or walking out of class. These are students' responses to trauma and triggers they encounter. Flexible seating and calming activities will allow students to feel comfortable in the school and with school staff. This feeling of comfort will help students become more open to learning and practicing new coping skills. Other materials will help students learn more problem-solving skills that can be used after high school. The students at my school want to pursue careers in law enforcement, the medical field, and teaching but they need appropriate coping and problem-solving skills to be successful in the pursuit of their dreams. Studies have shown that when students feel connected and safe in their school there is an increase in learning. By addressing the social-emotional needs first students will be more focused in the classroom setting. Despite what my students experience outside of school, I want them to feel like they are important and cared about when working with school staff. Students deserve to feel like they have a space in the school that is safe enough for them to talk things through and get help. Therapy is difficult for families in low SES neighbors to find and the materials I have selected will allow myself and other members of the behavioral health team to provide therapy to more students in a safe environment.

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All it takes is the positive influence of one adult to help a student. Coping strategies can be taught and with the appropriate strategies, students will have the tools they need to be successful. When I am called to deal with a crisis, the staff describes students as angry, aggressive, or sad. Descriptions of students' actions include inappropriate coping skills such as fighting, cussing, or walking out of class. These are students' responses to trauma and triggers they encounter. Flexible seating and calming activities will allow students to feel comfortable in the school and with school staff. This feeling of comfort will help students become more open to learning and practicing new coping skills. Other materials will help students learn more problem-solving skills that can be used after high school. The students at my school want to pursue careers in law enforcement, the medical field, and teaching but they need appropriate coping and problem-solving skills to be successful in the pursuit of their dreams. Studies have shown that when students feel connected and safe in their school there is an increase in learning. By addressing the social-emotional needs first students will be more focused in the classroom setting. Despite what my students experience outside of school, I want them to feel like they are important and cared about when working with school staff. Students deserve to feel like they have a space in the school that is safe enough for them to talk things through and get help. Therapy is difficult for families in low SES neighbors to find and the materials I have selected will allow myself and other members of the behavioral health team to provide therapy to more students in a safe environment.

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