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ERIC Number: EJ816546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
What's Different for Us: Learning to Teach in Uncertain Times
Dunn-Kenney, Maylan
Democracy & Education, v18 n1 p50-52 Oct 2008
On February 14, 2008, Northern Illinois University was changed when a young man entered a large lecture hall in the center of campus and opened fire. Five students were killed that day, and the shooter died by his own hand. Many were injured physically; many more were emotionally and mentally traumatized. The violence was like a shock wave radiating from Cole Hall. With the students' own fears fresh in their minds, and with media coverage of the NIU shooting stimulating memories of other school shootings, most of the author's students, who are studying to be early childhood teachers, expressed concerns about teaching in such uncertain times. In this article, the author relates her experience in the NIU shooting and describes how she and her students cope with the tragic shooting experience. Toward the end of the semester, the author began to feel that most of her students had found a place for the shooting in their own story and in their learning journey.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois