Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey

Episode Summary

School violence has left educators with unique challenges in providing for students’ physical and emotional safety. During lockdown drills and events, it isn’t enough to simply follow safety protocol; we must also address the social and emotional fallout from these stressful experiences. It is essential that we intentionally create lockdown procedures that revolve around safety, self-regulation and effective communication, as well as classroom procedures for restarting learning once a lockdown has ended. Listen as Dr. Becky Bailey takes on this formidable subject in the fourth and final episode in our School Lockdown series.

Essential Takeaways

  • Teaching procedures and self-regulation strategies is essential for successful lockdowns.

Steps For Tomorrow

  • Teach everyone to be a S.T.A.R. and wish well as a response to distress.
  • Use visuals to provide clear step-by-step instructions for what will happen during lockdown drills and events.
  • Adults must self-regulate, help students regulate and provide constant, clear communication to students about what is happening during drills.
  • After the lockdown or drill ends: Breathe deeply, provide the opportunity for children and teachers to reflect on the experience, end the debriefing by sharing gratitude, provide an opportunity for movement, encourage students to connect and restart classes with light review work.

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Show Outline 

  • :20 What is Conscious Discipline?
  • 2:15 Three phases to address regarding school lockdowns
  • 4:08 Understanding our internal wiring and self-regulation
  • 7:22 The effects of relying on fear
  • 11:15 Essential questions to ask ourselves
  • 12:24 Consider the effects of lockdown practices
  • 13:39 What to do before lockdown drills
  • 16:26 What to do during the lockdown
  • 19:28 What to do after the lockdown
  • 22:08 Summary
  • 23:15 What’s Becky up to?

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