Chapter 3: Teachable moments
“Mr. Smith helped us figure out what to say to Marissa when she came back to school after her brother died. It was still awkward and weird but at least we didn’t avoid her”. - Student
You may also want to make use of role play when a teachable moment arises. This gives students an opportunity to apply and practice what they have learned, such as how to support a grieving friend. It can also help to normalize situations that may initially feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable.
Below are some examples of situations in which you can incorporate role playing into your discussions.
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Things to say to someone who has just experienced death.
Things to say to someone at a funeral or memorial.
Ways of responding to someone who says, “I’m sorry for your loss”.
Hope to support a friend who is returning to school.