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Teaching Through the Trauma of Student Loss

March 13, 2023

Via: Ed Surge

In my 16 years teaching in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), I have lost more students than years I have taught. During my teacher preparation in college, I had fears about how to create engaging lesson plans, how to make connections with students and how to help students who needed more support. I learned the basics of how to be a teacher in my college classes and then learned even more during student teaching from experienced educators. My mom was an educator in Michigan, so I knew that teaching would be extremely rewarding and also extremely frustrating. The one thing I never learned, or was even remotely prepared for, was what to do when a student dies.

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