School violence leaves teachers and schools with unique challenges in providing for students’ physical and emotional safety. The goal of active shooter drills and school lockdowns is to keep schools safe, but teachers often feel under-equipped to manage the sense of danger, anxiety, uncertainty and stress that occurs during and after these events.
Classroom teachers are charged with unique responsibilities, from physical protector to emotional caregiver for their students—all while experiencing their own fears and feelings. As you plan your classroom’s approach, it is helpful to consider both you and your students’ social-emotional health when practicing, enacting and recovering from lockdowns and drills.
Listen as Kindergarten teacher Tiffany Taylor and 5th grade teacher Kristin Abel share helpful ways they prepare themselves and their students for active shooter and lockdown drills.
• Always relate the procedures back to safety
• Create and practice visuals for the drill’s steps and procedures
• Practice your own composure and self-regulation in order to help students do the same
• Provide time and space for students to talk about their experience after drills, but before returning to learning activities
Steps for Tomorrow
Practice your personal composure and rehearse helpful inner speech before, during, and after drills and lockdowns
Create and strengthen connections with students
Explore more about creating and implementing a Safe Place in your classroom
How to set up a safe place https://consciousdiscipline.com/videos/how-to-set-up-a-safe-place-dr-becky-bailey-explains/
• Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms
• Link to trauma webinars
• Feeling Buddies for Classroom Toolkit
:19 What is Conscious Discipline?
1:44 Definition of trauma
3:00 Introduction of Tiffany Taylor, Kindergarten teacher
4:11 Monthly lockdown drill procedures with young children
5:33 Tiffany’s experience with nearby gunshots and a lockdown during school hours
9:20 Suggestions for early childhood teachers
9:50 Three specific tips for tomorrow
13:50 Introduction of Kristin Abel, K-5 resource teacher and former 5th grade teacher
16:32 Lockdown drill procedures at Kristin’s school
18:17 Preparing students for drills through procedures and self-regulation
20:17 What about classrooms who are not practicing Conscious Discipline?
22:42 Kristen’s story of helping a child experiencing high emotions during a lockdown
24:19 Reflecting on the lockdown experiences at two different schools
27:53 Helpful suggestions for after a lockdown drill
28:25 What happens after a real lockdown situation?
31:21 Connecting with students who slip into daydream states after lockdowns
35:02 Top three things for teachers to know
38:10 What’s Becky Bailey up to now?