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Trauma Informed Care

As a prospective educator, traumatic events should be considered.  These events can contribute to a child’s behavior in school. In classrooms, sometimes you will meet students that have experienced traumatic histories. These student’s may be unresponsive or distracted during class. It is our responsibility to understand our students and accommodate for them in class. For instance, If one of my students that is normally on task everyday suddenly becomes off task and closed off, this is a red flag. This indicates that you should communicate with your student. At a young age, it can be difficult to handle trauma. School counselors can be the best resource. Teachers should build a relationship amongst counselors if they need extra assistance. If students do not feel comfortable speaking to their teacher, counselors are able to privately consult with students about personal issues.

As a teacher, you should get to know your students within the first week of meeting them. This way you can build a form of trust with your students, they will more likely open up and confide to you about personal topics. It is important to take this into account and be empathetic towards family trauma. Trauma can impact a student’s education. It is a difficult moment to be in school when you’re not able to focus on your studies. The information you’re teaching will not be comprehensible to those dealing with a lot and they are likely to not retain little or no information that was presented. Their major concerns are the problem that they have dealt with or are dealing with at the moment. In some cases, teachers may never know what a child is dealing with at home. In this case, I believe this is monumental for all teachers to take into account traumatic events.

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