As educators address student learning loss from Covid-19 disruptions, they will need to address the trauma everyone has experienced in some form, both from the pandemic and the traumatic effects of racism that were highlighted during shutdown protests. Neurobiological research shows that academic gains are hampered unless adults address students’ trauma-related social, emotional, and behavioral issues—not just once, but repeatedly, as needed.
This package of easy-to-follow tools offers tactics for how educators can take care of themselves and respond to students’ trauma, tips for maintaining student relationships during remote learning—a key to responding to trauma, a protocol for responding to hateful language in the classroom, simple deep breathing exercises for adults and students, and more.
Tactics to Reduce Stress and Increase Learning After Trauma:
To address students’ trauma, educators must take care of themselves; this publication provides one easy-to-follow page of tactics educators can use to support themselves and other teachers, followed by a page of tactics for helping students, plus a short appendix of tools for specific situations.
Classroom Tips for Responding to Hateful, Offensive, or Aggressive Language: This one-page publication walks readers through a protocol for responding to classroom incidents of hateful or offensive language with a focus on supporting the victim and restoring relationships.
Tips for Building Relationships During Remote Learning: Building student relationships can be one of the most rewarding parts of teaching, and a key to addressing student trauma, but most teachers have little experience doing this when they or their students are working from home. This one-page publication provides easy-to-follow tips for teachers to build and maintain relationships from afar.
Short, Deep Breathing Exercises to Increase Focus: This one-page publication provides instructions for several deep breathing exercises that educators can use and teach to students, to calm themselves and refocus.
Resource List for Educators Responding to Trauma: This provides more resources for educators interested in learning more.