Safe Enough and Healthy Enough

As teachers, we know the importance of relationships in learning. Students who have experienced trauma have difficulty forming relationships because of distrust and hesitancy to bond with others.   How, then, do we become a person with whom students can bond and build trusting relationships? In their book Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive … Continue reading Safe Enough and Healthy Enough

Six Step Communication Process for Moments of Crisis

Students who have experienced trauma need a safe and caring adult to help intervene when they respond to some emotional trigger in the classroom. In their book Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, authors Kristin Souers and Pete Hall detail six communication steps that are helpful when addressing student in crisis (pp. … Continue reading Six Step Communication Process for Moments of Crisis

Be Prepared!

Children who live in chronic states of stress and trauma often have difficulty coping. In many instances, they respond by creating chaos, because they are trying to control their environment. By creating a disruption, the students are moving their attention away from what is causing them stress and focusing their attention on something external. In … Continue reading Be Prepared!