Transform challenging classroom experiences into opportunities for lasting student-teacher relationships, professional growth, and student engagement
Chronic stress, anxiety, and trauma have startling effects on teachers and students. The pandemic and distance learning have exacerbated behavior issues and emotional dysregulation, making it difficult for students to engage, learn, and maintain healthy self-esteem.
In Teaching, Learning, and Trauma, the authors guide you through the process of creating a learning environment that combats the negative effects of chronic stress and trauma. They show you how to establish rituals and routines, develop personalization, and implement effective student engagement practices that create a relationship-based culture and effectively improve student achievement. This book includes:
- Self-assessment tools to help teachers make informed decisions
- Examples of self-care plans and schoolwide policies for maintaining healthy boundaries in and out of school
- Real-world vignettes and samples of teacher work
- Planning documents and reflection questions to guide educators in identifying strengths and growth areas
Using a synergistic approach, this book unites compelling research data, theories, stories, and best practices from trauma-informed schools, relationship-based psychology, and effective instructional design to dissolve obstacles caused by chronic stress and trauma.
The essential theme underlying this series is highlighted right in the podcast’s subtitle: a whole community approach. That means, to effectively identify and lessen the impact of student trauma requires mental health practitioners, faculty members, parents, and community members to work together. Brooke O’Drobinak, an administrator, teacher, and instructional coach, and Beth Kelley, a trauma informed consultant and conscious leadership coach offer a number of powerful ideas on how educators — without extensive training — can contribute to reducing the effects of trauma. That awareness and effort can in turn give educators greater confidence that they can have the desired impact.
The school community is filled with powerful members. Teachers have the influence to guide students through their own experience and knowledge. Having a background education of trauma, educational leaders can see students in a compassionate perspective. Teachers must show up in a loving way to create a safe space for students in which to thrive.