Nowhere to Hide: The Elephant in the [Class]room

 

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Confessions of an ignorant and frustrated teacher

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Trauma during development or, childhood trauma, changes the architecture of the physical brain and the ability to learn and social behavior.  It impacts 2 out of 3 children at some level, but I didn’t even know what it was…

I am embarrassed to admit my own ignorance.

Adults’ view, from the ‘outside’, of the seemingly illogical, or worse, oppositional behavior, is often one of shock, confusion, frustration and maybe anger.

If we act on our uninformed views, we risk retriggering more of the child’s trauma, and even more aggression.

I confess, as a less experienced classroom teacher, I often did exactly that.

 

Read the full article on the need to grow awareness about the intersection of developmental trauma and our school systems: Click here.

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