Challenging Students,  Classroom Management

TRAUMA: Students & Teachers

Course No. ED478a, ED578a

Educators go into teaching because they love children, but do they really know how to handle and teach all children? According to Dr. Sadin 1 in 4 children have been through trauma. This statistic alone should be a wake-up call to all educators, as children who have been through trauma require large amounts of patients, empathy, and love. Their brains have developed differently due to either neglect, abuse, poverty, and living in a house with domestic abuse. Did you know that many educators have been through trauma and may not realize how it impacts the way they teach?  In fact, some research shows that almost half of all educators have experienced some form of trauma in their lives.  Do you know your own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) score? This class will allow you to find out what your score is and how those experiences in your life may help you have more empathy toward your students who have been impacted by trauma. This class will also teach you how trauma can affect the brain of our young learners, and they may need more from us.

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.
Text: Teachers' Guide to Trauma: 20 things kids with trauma wish their teachers knew.  
Dr. Melissa Sadin and Nathan Levy.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Gained an understanding of how trauma affects the brain of children.

  • Understood the importance of asking students, “What happened to you?” versus, what’s wrong with you”?

  • Discovered what your personal ACES score is and how it affects your teaching.

  • Understood the importance of creating connections for students.

  • Gained an understanding of how to keep your composure as an educator.

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