How could this be? How could the feeling of sadness rear its ugly head in my curriculum!?!? Maybe it is because of a dreary day, maybe it is because we aren’t connecting with our students, maybe it is because that one lesson didn’t go according to plan? Whatever it is, sometimes sadness can manifest itself in teaching and how curriculum is introduced.
But…what can we ascertain from this sadness? Is it part of our own learning? Is it to understand emotions? Maybe it is simply knowing that we can be aware of the feeling of sadness AND we are able to get over it? Working through sadness takes time, courage, and vulnerability. However, it can teach us that if we surrender to this emotion, we are more likely to come out on top. When we feel disappointment in teaching or in life, our natural instinct is to vent to anyone who will listen, which is not bad or wrong. Sometimes venting can help. Nonetheless, sitting with sadness in order to discover the real reason for the sadness can be difficult, and way more cathartic.
As teachers (health specifically) we are tasked with the job of educating our students on mental health literacy and managing emotions. Therefore, recognizing our own place of lingering sadness can help us educate our students. Understanding emotions and how and why they manifest themselves is important to any teacher and their curriculum.
Form more curricular information on mental and emotional health for teens, checkout teenmentalhealth.org
For adults, check out nami.org OR mentalhealthamerica.net