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    • I agree. Teachers are usually viewed as trusted adults. Unfortunately with teaching demands and so many students it’s difficult to meet the needs of every single child. I think a good place to start would be more mandatory trainings during pre-service days. We usually get the standard refresher course on abuse and neglect but trauma can come in so many more forms.

  1. The class blog gives us the opportunity to reflect on our learning. As more people take the class and more blogs are written, it will provide an opportunity to read and reflect on the thoughts of others. This will create a deeper dialogue about trauma and teaching those who experience trauma.

    • In addition to a deeper dialogue, I think this would give us a useful way to share resources. Especially strategies for not only helping students but dealing with the additional stress it can place on the staff. Trauma affects everyone involved.

  2. The check for understanding quizzes were a quick way to make sure we were understanding the information presented in the video. They helped break up the presentation a little so it didn’t seem too long. The questions were directly related to the presentation content.

    • The check for understanding was a good way to break up the videos. However, I would like to see one added after each video. It was a great deal of information to re-call.

  3. The video presentation gave lots of information on the effects of trauma and how to deal with trauma in the school environment. The importance of working as a team was stressed. It is in the best interests of the child for the team to share information and come up with an action plan to help the child be successful in school. Knowledge about past trauma helps the teacher understand the child’s reaction to events and allows the teacher to plan how to assist the child in dealing with transitions or dealing with reminders of the trauma.

    • The team approach seems to be the most conducive way for helping these students. In my limited experience in dealing with some of these severe types of trauma, it’s the only way it can really work. But for this to happen, everyone must be on board and expectations and rules have to be implemented across the board.

  4. The “Calmer Classrooms” PDF states that we need to give attention to the attention seeking child of trauma. I struggle with this idea a bit. We’ve been taught to ignore attention seeking behaviors because if attention is given the child will seek more…like an insatiable need. I understand the theory that if a survivor of trauma doesn’t get attention they will soon stop seeking it and become hard to reach. My struggle is with how much attention to give. We all have limits on what we can give and an attention seeking child can demand more than we’re able to handle. I think it would be important to have a team approach to handle this. When one adult is “maxed out,” another could take over. This would allow the child to get the attention they need without completely draining the adult that is with them.

    • I totally agree. Additionally it can sometimes take away to much attention from the rest of the class. I think two simple choices is often the best approach. This does not always have to be an immediate response from the student. There are some simple quick behavior strategies that can be put in place to give students a reasonable amount of time to make the right choice but again limits have to be set and it has to be a team approach.

  5. “Healing Days” is a wonderful book to use with children that have experienced trauma. It is written in a way that makes it useful even for very young children to understand. The book can guide discussion and assist in the healing process. As a teacher, I would feel comfortable suggesting the book as a resource to a parent or caregiver looking for help in dealing with a child that has been through trauma. I like that the book isn’t too specific so it can be used for many types of trauma. I especially like the “Safety Plan’ and the “Feel Good Plan” because it gives the children some control.

  6. The book “Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma” was a beautifully written and illustrated book. Seeing a book that talks about their problems can help them feel like they’re not alone. Other children have gone thru this too. Sometimes there is comfort in feeling like you’re not alone.

    • Reading a book like that for a child or anyone for that matter is often a good first step when things are more difficult to discuss or convey certain thoughts or emotions. No one likes to feel alone. Let’s face it there is always safety in numbers.

  7. The required reading “Calmer Classrooms” was very useful in helping teachers know a little more about some of the children in our classes. As a music specialist, I am not usually told anything about the child’s background. I do find that very frustrating. I don’t know who is in foster care until all of a sudden a student is gone, and when I ask about them I’m then told that they went to another foster home. The reading gives me a little insight as to why some kids might not want to please me, or perhaps why some act so much less mature than their peers.

    • As a PE teacher I deal with the same issues. I am given no background information. I will often feel like the child is just being difficult. Then when I ask for information I am often told it’s confidential. When this happens I really want to help but feel like my hands are tied.