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  • Annette Laguerre

Trauma Centered Learning

All children face stressors at some point in their lives. This is inevitable. There are some children, however, who deal with full trauma. According to Lexico, trauma is a "deeply distressing or disturbing experience." [1] Psychology Today defines trauma as "the experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event." [2]


Whether or not a child has faced trauma, he or she is expected to attend school and learn. As previously addressed, though, learning often becomes secondary in the mind of a child whose life circumstances have been altered in even a marginal manner. In order to teach a child whose life circumstances have changed, including changes that have caused trauma to that child, the teaching staff must move away from conducting classrooms in the standard, expected fashion. Every action the teacher takes - every lesson, every conversation, every consequence - must be made thoughtfully. The basic idea is that a teacher’s entire mindset toward his or her classroom must change.


This change in mindset will craft the entire approach in each classroom around all the needs of the students, not just book learning. And every student in these classrooms will benefit from these teachers who have a trauma informed mindset. This change in mindset is one of the driving factors behind differentiated learning.


The following article by edutopia with be useful in finding out more about trauma informed learning:

https://www.edutopia.org/article/understanding-trauma-informed-education




[1] https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/trauma

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/trauma


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