My students are truly good-spirited, eager learners. They are not much different from other inner city students in having to face many obstacles living in an impoverished area. Fortunately, they are very resilient and optimistic. Many of our students have been through trauma in some form or another. Most are visual learners that would benefit greatly from having access to technology.
I would like books to introduce hard topics to encourage openness in sharing some of the issues are students are facing.
These social-emotional learning games and books will help the students process their grief/trauma by providing a means to opening up as it relates to "hard topics". The topics we will explore will be related to the loss of a loved one, separation/divorce, gun violence, trauma, and many other difficult topics. The students will be given the opportunity to explore their feelings in a productive way. We will use individual and small group counseling to explore these topics.
The goal is to process these feelings now so that they do not lead to problems in the future such as poor academic achievement, low attendance, depression and/or overall lower quality of life.
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