by DEBBIE DUNN
There are pivotal events that happen in the world that impacts us all. The Connecticut school shooting that happened on the 14th of December, 2012, was one of those events.
In an effort to bring comfort, understanding, and a way to help us deal with our feelings of stress, empathy, and anger, this series has been created. The activity below can be adapted to reflect events that bring emotional stress to the lives of students.
This is a combination of a story and a role-play for each aspect of the six-part topic. Some of this is an excerpt from a role-play created about anti-bullying called “Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders at Kennedy Middle School. The last two parts were created solely as a way to help students discuss and process the Connecticut school shooting that happened on the 14th of December, 2012.
Please note: All story characters and Kennedy Middle school are products of the author’s imagination.
- Fight, Flight, or Freeze versus Self-Mentoring
- Ways to deal with stressors such as our back stories (also known as our ‘tiger in the hole’)
- Responsible Reporting versus Tattling or Snitching
- Stress management methods
- Deep breathing exercises from diaphragm
- Other de-stressing exercises
- Mirror Neurons
- Examples of mirror neurons and empathy
- Balancing too little empathy versus excessive empathy
- Nine core empathy skills developed by Dr. Tony Fiore, licensed psychologist and anger coach
- Discussing Connecticut school shooting part 1
- Discussing Connecticut school shooting part 2
- Names of 26 victims
- More about why others have reacted with so much empathy
- The nine core empathy skills reviewed
- Mirror Neurons reviewed
- Dealing with getting your buttons pushed – balance between imploding and exploding
- The change begins with us
Debbie Dunn is a professional storyteller, published author, a Conflict Resolution Specialist, and a Certified Teacher. She taught 14 1/2 years in elementary and middle school. She tells stories and writes full-time from her home in Mosheim, TN. She will be providing you with Conflict Resolution and Character Education stories, role-plays, articles, and lesson plans. E-mail Debbie at:firstname.lastname@example.org.