Trauma Informed Pedagogy

Trauma Informed Pedagogy

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  • Trauma Informed Pedagogy
  • What is it?
  • I wonder what happened to this child?
  • Many Indigenous students are traumatized
  • Trauma affects the function and the structure of the brain 
  • An awareness of trauma and its effects have entered health care and the justice system. Education, too, needs to become trauma informed.
  • White matter in the brain decreases
  • This all makes it hard to think and learn.
  • When students have demanding behaviour, instead of wondering "What's wrong with you?" we understand that the behaviour is a survival strategy in the midst of toxic stress.
  • Problem behaviour means getting in trouble
  • You've been making poor choices.
  • Decreased emotional processing, overload of stress-related chemicals, more dysregulation, fewer calming receptors, destroyed neural and synaptic connections...
  • The cycle of trauma is perpetuated
  • Trauma
  • Psychological Damage
  • Not only is learning impaired but survival strategies often clash with behaviour expectations in school.
  • Misbehavior may not be about “choices” but rather normal biological adaptations to toxic stress.
  • Trauma-caused behaviours come from a place of extreme vulnerability and punishments can re-traumatize.
  • Punishment
  • BehavioralProblems         
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