Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yes, You Have Students WithTrauma.... How to Help in Class

A recent study, a collaborative effort of the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego reported an alarming increase in students living and/or surviving trauma who have adverse experiences in their development along with trouble in the classroom.  Neena McConnico, Director of Boston Medical Center's Child Witness to Violence Project indicated that one in every 4 students currently sitting in American classrooms have experienced a traumatic event and the number is even greater for those living in impoverished communities!
As teachers of students living with trauma, what are some strategies that we can employ to help?  We can help students cope, learn, and heal from effects of a traumatic childhood.  How? 
The author of the following article lists and explains several powerful strategies that you can employ.  This article is an important must-read for all teachers in all kinds of districts because you have some vulnerable students in your classroom.
Please read the article and then share you thoughts in Comments below

How Teachers Help Students Who've Survived Trauma.  Jessica Lahey. 12.2.14.  The Atlantic.

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