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ERIC Number: EJ1035967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
"I Keep Me Safe." Risk and Resilience in Children with Messy Lives
Wright, Travis
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n2 p39-43 Oct 2013
Though we do our best to protect children from life's underbelly, bad things happen. Hurricanes, school shootings, divorce, exploding crime rates, economic downturns, child abuse, and acts of terror have become reality for many. Sadly, students are not immune from the chaos that often results. If a child worries that he is not safe or thinks the world is out to get him, growing up becomes a gauntlet to endure. Trauma overwhelms one's capacity to cope. Given the potential for student-teacher relationships to positively affect children living in challenging circumstances, educators must think more deeply about how best to build relationships with these students. Educators also must create academic and social opportunities that allow students with challenging lives to experience success and feel pride in themselves. There are no shortcuts, but consistency, a predictable classroom environment, a positive classroom culture, and targeted instructional strategies will eventually make a difference.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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