There are numerous things teacher’s training does not prepare you for. You are expected to teach and teaching is what you learn. Even though you often come across teaching situations you would never have guessed would happen. Experience more or less fills the gaps and with years you may feel less inadequate. Thereore you usually manage to cope as long as what you have to handle belongs to the field of teaching.
However, one thing you do not learn is how to deal with a student’s death and how to face her or his classmates after such an unexpected and shocking event.
Thus last Friday one of my students – a bright and talented girl – killed herself and because of the Easter break we have only just come back to school this morning.
All the teachers that knew her are devastated and so are the students. I wish I could find the words some of these kids wil need but for the time being I feel numb and shaken.