Teaching During Tragedy

Following is a draft of a bibliography compiled by the Illinois State University Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and links to several websites that offer information and strategies for teaching during times of crisis. Special thanks to Sandy Colbs, Director of the IL State Student Counseling Services for sharing this information.

DiPietro, Michele. “The Day After: Faculty Behavior in Post 9/11 Classes.” (2003) http://www.podnetwork.org/resources/pdf/The_Day_After.pdf  2 Feb. 2007.

Huston, Therese A., and Michele DiPietro. “In the Eye of the Storm: Students’ Perceptions of Helpful Faculty Actions Following a Collective Tragedy.” To Improve the Academy 21 (2007): 206-224.

 Kardia, Diana, Crisca Bierwert, Constance E. Cook, A.T. Miller, and Matthew Kaplan. “Discussing the Unfathomable: Classroom-Based Responses to Tragedy.” Change 34.1 (2002):19-22.

Miller, Katherine. “The Experience of Emotion on the Workplace.” Management Communication Quarterly 15.4 (2002): 571-600.

Pavela, Gary. “Memorandum to the Faculty: Teaching Troubled Students After Virginia Tech.” Spectrum Nov. (2007): 4-9.

Siegel, Dorothy. Campuses Respond to Violent Tragedy. Phoenix, AZ: Oryz Press, 1994.

WebPages from other universities on how to deal with teaching after tragedy

“Teaching in Times of Crisis
www.vanderbilt.edu/cft/resources/teaching_resources/interactions/crisis.htm

“Guidance for UM Instructors Leading Class Discussion on the Tragedy of 9/11
www.crlt.umich.edu/publinks/tragedydiscussion.html

“Teaching and Learning in a Time of Crisis
www.wku.edu/teaching/booklets/crisis.html

“Ways to Deal with Tragedy
http://www.jchs.edu/page.php/prmID/378

“Coping with Tragedies
http://ase.tufts.edu/counseling/tragedies.htm  

Additional Web Resources

Anxiety and National or World Events -info., and links to additional tips for coping with uncertain times.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has an article titled "Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting".

PaperClip Communications (paper-clip.com) has several resources about talking to students after a tragedy, coming together as a community, and coping after a tragedy.

Information about coping after Katrina or other natural disaster; APA article "Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events".


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