The power of social/emotional learning!
Let's talk about Trauma!
Trauma is the result of extraordinarily stress events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent remote learning scenario of Spring 2020. It is likely that most of our students suffered trauma during the 5-month long Spring Break.
Trauma has very specific symptoms, and we are seeing them in today's classrooms.
Symptoms of trauma include confusion, anxiety, fear, withdrawing from others, anger, irritability, and feeling sad, hopeless, and disconnected.
Simply talk and listen to students in a non-academic format, connect with them on that social/emotional level.
One of the best ways to combat trauma is simply listening to students. We ask questions only to keep the conversation going. Helping students process their emotions and feelings sets them on a path to overcoming trauma.
Don't have time?
Students who like their teachers and want to be in their classrooms do better in school! By investing time in your students, they will be more engaged in the learning and have fewer discipline issues. By week 9, you'll have more time for teaching and learning than your colleagues who don't take advantage of this opportunity.
Want to get started?
See below, there are three questions for each week and 9 weeks of content. Let every student take a turn to answer the first question and repeat two more times until all three questions are answered. Don't force students to participate. Most will answer without prompts or encouragement, but some may need time to process the process.
- What's your favorite color?
- Who is your favorite superhero/cartoon character? Why?
- How does wearing a mask to school make you feel?
- What's your favorite Sonic drink?
- Fist to five, how are you feeling today? (5=good/fist=bad)
- Describe a time you felt disrespected? How could the situation have been handled better?
- Where is your happy place?
- If you were the weather based on how you're feeling right now, what kind of weather would you be?
- Describe a time you did something you later regretted.
- Where were you born?
- What is your favorite number? Why?
- Describe a time you did the right thing, but still got in trouble for it.
- What was the first book you ever read?
- What was your nickname growing up? How did you get this nickname?
- Do you have a best friend, yes or no? Describe the perfect "best friend."
- What's your favorite TV show?
- Name a movie you've seen a jillion times. What makes it so appealing?
- Is there ever a good reason to tell a lie? Explain your answer.
Don't like a question, the order or pattern of the weeks, etc.?
Then change it! You have great flexibility in how and what you ask students. It's quite hard to mess this up!