How one teacher is helping students cope with tragedy

Dina Strasser, a seventh-grade English teacher in upstate New York, this week gave her students the option to write questions they have about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on index cards. Strasser, a member of the Teacher Leaders Network, then reviewed the major themes with students, who most often wanted to know why the tragedy occurred and what they would do if a similar incident happened in their own school. Above all, the key to the conversation is to emphasize to students that they are safe, Strasser writes.

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