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Helping the Healing: Tips for Teachers After the Columbia Tragedy


Curriculum CenterAs NASA investigators struggle to find answers for the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts on February 1, teachers also search for answers to students questions about the tragedy. Education World has compiled a list of resources for teachers at all grade levels to help their students comprehend and cope with this sad event. Included: Resources for helping students discuss, understand, and cope with grief associated with a tragedy.

Once again, Americas teachers are called upon to help their students understand and process a national tragedy. The loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts February 1, just 16 minutes before it was due to land, turned a quiet Saturday into a day of mourning, and filled it with unanswered questions. Education World has collected numerous resources to help students discuss the tragedy, and deal with any sadness they may be experiencing.



  • All Kids Grieve
    Among the online resources included here are sections on children's literature related to grief, using poetry to promote healing and personal growth, and a Kids Art & Poetry Exhibit.
  • When Tragedy Strikes: What Schools Should Do
    Tragedies happen. Children and parents die. Teens commit suicide. Teachers must face their students after the unthinkable happens. Education World talks to educators and psychologists who have helped students and teachers deal with death, suicide, and murder. Included: Tips for teachers and administrators for handling the death of a student.

Ellen R. Delisio
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