Helping Students

How to Talk With Your Students About COVID-19

Administrator Helping Students

I’ve already had more than a few hard conversations about the novel coronavirus and how it is impacting my students’ lives. How can we reassure our students during this crisis? And what signs should we look for to make sure that they are safe?

Building New Learning Strategies for Students

Administrator Helping Students

We all want our students to succeed, but we need to show students exactly what success looks like and provide them with a roadmap to get there. Time management, note-taking, and study skills can be customized to individual learners.

Help and Hope: How to Talk With Your Students About Suicide After the Death of a Peer

It’s natural for teachers to worry that talking about suicide with their students could lead to further deaths, an idea known as suicide contagion. But avoiding the subject — and failing to create a safe space where students can grieve — can actually harm our students. To end teen suicide, adults have to step up, be brave, and have hard conversations.

A child comes back from inpatient treatment

Administrator Helping Students

When a student leaves to attend an inpatient mental health care program, you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about how to best help when that student returns. The whole experience can be overwhelming for everyone involved -- whether you’re an educator, faith worker, or other youth professional. Often there are questions from adults and the child’s peers about where the child has been, and what will happen once the child returns. There may also be questions about the child’s behavior before he or she was admitted to the treatment. As an educator, there are several things you can do to make the child’s transition back a smooth one.

A student just told me about their mental illness

Administrator Helping Students

Your day starts off like any typical school day: collecting homework, passing out worksheets, and teaching the day’s lesson. Then at the end of class, one of your students stays behind to tell you that they’ve been struggling with mental illness. Perhaps they tell you that they’ve been feeling sad and hopeless, or that they have anxiety so bad that they’re having trouble focusing. You might have even suspected your student was struggling because of their slipping grades or some other change in their behavior. Whether or not this news is a surprise, you might find yourself feeling unsure of what to do next...