4 Crazy Easy Ways to Set Up An Impactful Trauma-Supportive Classroom!
Want the secret to creating a transformativeTrauma Supportive Classroom?
I know you do!
That’s why I’m outlining, step by step, how to create a safe classroom for all students with trauma that leads to
reducing your stress & burnout along the way!
Remember...safety leads to increased risk taking which waterfalls into greater engagement. If you want more on supporting risk taking, check out this article.
Best part, all you need is 1 hour a week….for real!
Use this outline (and your planning time) to start creating a trauma supportive environment.
Jumpstart your journey to being a trusted adult that makes a difference in your students’ lives!
You ready? Let’s do this!
Do: Create an environment that supports
Create a calm down space (Check out this how-to here)
Build in time for meaningful collaboration with staff and peers
Establish systems for communication
Create forms of non-verbal communication
Integrate emotional intelligence
I Feel - I Need/communication visuals (Check out this Frustration to Solution Visual here)
Plan mini lessons (Check out this Self-Compassion Unit here)
Program for high expectations
Create flexible academic schedule & material
Plan for maintenance work (See what this is here)
Make it a Team Effort
Empower your staff with what you know
Create a plan for continued growth
Train support staff (This post is a quick, easy way to do it!)
Schedule in time for ongoing PD and collaboration (5 mins counts here!)
At this point, you're probably thinking 1 of 2 things:
That's a lot!
Is that all?
Either way, here's some real talk.
You have a ton on your plate and you (seriously) don’t need to add another thing that isn’t going to have an impact.
(read it again: impact)
If you implement these tools consistently, I promise you, you’ll:
reduce unexpected behavior
increase student engagement
form closer relationships with students
feel better in your classroom!
On the flip-side, if you don't think those simple actions will work, think again. I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
No ONE thing will work for ALL kids with trauma!
However, the more tools we have to pull from, and if we're using the correct methods, we can guarantee success.
So, let's do this thing!
If you love these quick (no fluff) tips, you’ll love The Trauma-Supportive Classroom Method.
In my signature course, I walk you through 5 Pillars of a trauma supportive classroom and precisely the steps you can take to create one!
Collaboration is king, so let’s work together and empower each other to create safe spaces with high impact for our students with trauma.
Click here to find out more and see when the doors open!
P.S. Want a FREE checklist for some of these strategies? Grab it here!