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Releasing Tension Due to Violence


Found in: math; safety issues; student health

Young children often feel that the violence they see on TV will happen to them next. Our classroom walls are covered with pegboard. When talking about a recent shooting, I told the children to pretend that every hole in the pegboard is a school somewhere in the United States. I then showed them eight holes out of all the holes on the pegboard and told them that these eight holes represent the schools where shootings of this type have occurred. Your classroom walls are probably not covered with pegboard but you can use something else comparable such as a large jar of pennies, all the math manipulatives in your class put together, etc. The tension level decreased considerably when I used this idea.

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