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Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Student Trauma in the Classroom.

Trauma-informed classrooms help. Student trauma from home to the school is a real thing. Some of our students have seen the very worse of what life has to offer. These students don’t need nor want your pity, but they deserve your respect. They deserve for you to walk a mile in their shoes. Our kids deserve love and nurturing.

Your scholars deserve this from you because what they have experienced is by no fault of their own.

Growing Up in Trauma.

As an educator, I have the uncanny ability to spot student trauma. Through lived experience, I know what to look for. As a child I exhibited signs, but teachers didn’t always pick up on the signs. For example, there were times when we didn’t have running water, and my oh balance would be off center. Or times when my homework wasn’t complete because the electricity bill wasn’t paid.

These were all sorts of issues that I had no control over. Moreover, the adults in my life never really picked up on these sorts of things.

Adults Who Care More.

I don’t want any kid to grow up the way I grew up. No kid should be cursed at or demeaned at home. I agree on kids deserving discipline, but not to the levels some people are willing to take things. Students should not be made to feel like they are less than anyone else.

Our jobs as educators are to protect our students. No, you can’t control what occurs at the homes of your students. However, you can manage how you embrace the trauma they are experiencing. You can turn your classroom into a safe space, so kids want to come and talk with you about their experiences.

Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms.

A teacher who goes above an beyond is the teacher that knows. The teacher that displays a culturally relevant mindset is a teacher with the openness to learn their students. Providing the right mix of care could mean the world of difference for some students. Keeping your hand on the pulse of your students is equal to ensure the students are learning.

Student Trauma is Not my problem.

Consequently, you’ll have some educators that are of the mindset that they aren’t paid enough to deal with any types of trauma. I won’t argue against that. What I will say is, if you came to education for the money, this probably isn’t the right career for you. We need more folks that are willing to make a difference in trauma filled neighborhoods. For some of these scholars, it’s their only way out.

Educators that have Experienced Trauma.

Some educators have or still may be suffering trauma. If that’s the case, we can’t be of any good to our students until we address our issues. I’m providing you with a measure of trauma. Please use it to self-diagnose. Once you know if you’ve been impacted, it will allow you to be in a better situation to help your students. Trauma-Informed classrooms help.
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Keeping Our Students Safe!

Keeping our students Safe!

Why do we send our kids to school?  Short answer: To learn; Long answer: We believe in schools keeping our students safe.

In essence, I can’t wrap head around it.  As a parent, I know why I send my children to school.  From the standpoint of a former student, I understood why my mother sent me to school.  As I currently negotiate with my four-year-old about going to school, she knows that she goes to school to learn.  Parents send their children to school to learn.

Sexual Abuse in Schools:

Are we doing enough to prepare our kids for sexual predators in schools?  I recently read an article about sexual abuse in Catholic schools.  108 educators were accused, and the article stated, “This was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Teachers as Caregivers:

Overall, parents trust teachers.  Sometimes to the detriment of their kids.  Teachers sometimes don’t understand where the disconnect between school and home comes into play.  Part of that disconnect comes when parents entrust their most valuable assets (their children) in the care of educators.  Some educators take this act seriously. Others don’t.

Teachers as Role Models:

Regardless of your acceptance of being a role model, as an educator, you are a role model by default.  Embracing this is also embracing your responsibility in keeping our kids safe.  We can all agree; there’s no room for sexual predators in this profession. It becomes frustrating when every other story is a story about abuse.  Kids deserve better than they are receiving.  They deserve alert parents who ask the right questions.  We have to do better. We have to keep our students safe.

OAN Taking Matters in Our Own Hands:

This is what happens when taking matters into your own hands goes wrong.

In other news, where do you draw the line with protecting your child from bullies?  Should your child being bullied ever result in your taking matters into your own hands?  My mind and my heart both say no.  However, as a parent, I understand the anguish experienced by parents when they send their children to school expecting them to be safe.  Moreover, as parents, we have to set the expectations for our students.  I think there was a way to be impassioned, as well as send the message that you won’t be bullying my child without the parent physically assaulting the student.