Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms
A burgeoning body of research documents the fact that children who feel safe with their teachers have lowered levels of the stress chemical cortisol and higher levels of learning. Insightful, informed teachers who understand and recognize the unique needs of their students coming from hard places have the capacity to open the doors of learning to them, and to become partners in creating safe, nurturing trauma-informed classrooms—the gateways to satisfying outcomes for their students.
If you are a teacher, you WILL teach children who have been traumatized. The CDC ACE study tells us that more than 50% of students in the classroom have experienced one or more adverse childhood events (ACE). The time in life when the brain is the most sensitive to experience is infancy and childhood.
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