For the subject PTSD we focus on how home and school can collaborate with regard to the pupil’s well-being.
What do the teaching resources demand from me as a teacher?
The teaching resources do not require that you have a detailed knowledge of PTSD or trauma. The purpose of the teaching resources is to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the home-school collaboration regarding the pupil’s well-being – through play, exercise and dialogue – and to show how the pupils and the teacher can provide the best support.
If you wish to work with a similar subject you can use the exercises from the teaching resource: Who should you talk to and who can you talk to – related to the animated films about alcohol (it hasn't been published yet).
Why do the teaching resources focus on how home and school can collaborate on the pupil’s well-being?
Many of the children of refugees and their parents who come to Denmark have been victims of such gruesome experiences in their home country or during their flight that they suffer from heavy trauma. Trauma can be caused by intense experiences like violence, accidents and lack of safety and love. Children of refugees can be secondarily traumatised. A lot of professionals, like pedagogues and teachers, do not know that the children are secondarily traumatised. This can mean that they overlook the child’s signals for help. It is important for the child’s well-being that the professionals dare to ask how they are doing. A good home-school collaboration can help the professionals get the right tools in terms of supporting the children. A good home-school collaboration is important to all children! The teaching resources focus on what the pupils think about this collaboration and how they believe their teachers and classmates can give the best support.
How to introduce the animated films and the teaching resources
You can explain to your pupils that you are going to watch an animated film about a family who comes from a country at war. The film is about a boy named Ali. Ali’s father has been to war. Ali and his family now live in Denmark. Ali’s father still feels like he is at war, even though Denmark is not at war. Ali’s father is what you would call traumatised. This means that he suffers from anxiety and that his mind and body still thinks he is at war. But it is not just Ali’s father who feels traumatised. Ali is not feeling good either because he can sense how bad his father is feeling. When you have finished watching the film you can talk about how Ali and his father are feeling. You should focus on Ali and how he is doing in school and at home – and talk about the positive and negative aspects of involving the class in how you feel. You should also discuss how classmates and teachers can show support if a pupil is not feeling good.
You can also show the pupils the interview film about Shawk (they speak Danish). It tells the story about a child growing up in a family where both parents have PTSD.
Subject booklet 21
The teaching resources meet the requirements presented in the Danish subject booklet 21.