Through technology and connection with a military officer, students conducted an interview via Skype, bringing literature to life.
Sixth graders at I.J. Holton Intermediate School were reading the book “A Soldier’s Heart” which is during the Civil War. They had the opportunity to speak with Lt. Colonel Bruce Bredlow of the US Army bvia Skype. He is the brother in law of their teacher, Cori McRae. She asked him to speak with her students about dealing with PTSD in real life.
“It was fantastic,” McRae said.
Bredlow trains soldiers to go into battle, and helps them when they come home from the war. For 30 minutes he spoke with the students, and let them know that PTSD does not only happen to soldiers.
“This applies in any area of your life,” McRae recalled him saying. “If you’re faced with a situation that’s really traumatic, how can you grow from that situation?”
Bredlow also spoke about the difference between Post Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Growth.