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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 
 

"Neurological imaging indicates that several regions of the brain may actually reduce in size as a result of childhood trauma".

McCrory et al., 2010

Being trauma-informed is a hot topic in professional development these days. Implementing what you learn about trauma-informed teaching practices takes time and patience with both yourself and the student(s). It also will look slightly different for every educator due to the plethora of learners within their own unique classrooms.

Increasing your awareness and knowledge on trauma and the brain is a great first step...

 

 

TRAUMA DEFINED

"Our physical body holds on to trauma"

                    ~ Jessica Goh

 

AMYGDALA

What is the amygdala and what does it have to do with teaching students with a history of trauma?

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Stress Response

What is the stress response and what does it have to do with my students who have had exposure to trauma?

 

Having an understanding of the brain’s stress response gives us, as teachers, an expansive lens with which to view the behaviours and reactions of students who have undergone trauma

6 ways

to be trauma-informed during COVID-19 times

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Attachment Style

What is attachment style and what does it have to do with my students who have had exposure to trauma?

 BRAIN BOOKS WE L  VE

 
The Whole Brain Child Adapted for teache

"The parts of the brain that have evolved to monitor for danger remain overactivated (in people that have experienced trauma) and even the slightest sign of danger, real or misperceived, can trigger an acute stress response accompanied by intense unpleasant emotions and overwhelming sensations." - Van der Kolk, 2014

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HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY STUDENTS?

 

It is tempting to jump to action words such as implementation or intervention, for example, but we must not forget that relationship- building exercises are crucial to how a student can feel seen and heard.

 

In addition:

 
 
 

So you want to be a trauma-informed educator? Know the signs (paragraph 3).