Harding High School
Trauma Informed School Newsletter - December 2015 Edition
What is all this talk I hear about "Trauma"?
In addition, many people are experiencing toxic levels of stress. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) demonstrating how common traumatic events are. Importantly, the study also drew a correlation between the number of ACES and the level of poor health and/or social outcomes for people.
So what does this have to do with education?
•Worry about recurrence or consequences of violence
• Withdrawal from others or activities
• Irritability with friends, teachers, events
• Angry outbursts and/or aggression
• Decreased attention and/or concentration
• Increase in impulsivity
•Increased risk for substance abuse
•Negative impact on issues of trust and perceptions of others
•Over- or under-reacting to bells, physical contact, doors slamming, sirens, lighting, sudden movements
•Heightened difficulty with authority, redirection, or criticism
• Hyperarousal (e.g., sleep disturbance, tendency to be easily startled)
ALL OF THESE FACTORS ADD UP TO DIFFICULTY FOCUSING ON ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION AND/OR FOLLOWING ADULT DIRECTIVES.
Ways to Create Safety in your Classroom
How can I structure my classroom to increase sense of safety for my students?
The right to pass
Respect for all
Appreciation of differences