Show Notes

Today, Brittany Fike and I sit down with childhood trauma expert and trainer, Anna Rowe. Anna’s experience both professionally and personally on childhood trauma gives her a unique perspective of this crucial topic that impacts so many children.

What to Listen for:

  • How is trauma defined in the book, Fostering Resilient Learners?
  • How does trauma affect students?
  • What is the first step educators can take when working with students who have been impacted by trauma?
  • What is a tool that students can use to communicate that they may need support regulating their emotions when they may not be able to verbalize it?
  • How essential is relationship building to supporting our students who have been affected by trauma?
  • How do we establish an environment that helps students feel safe?
  • What simple, inexpensive ways can educators improve the physical environment of their school or classroom?
  • How can educators change the emotional environment of a school or classroom?
  • What is one way that educators can begin shifting their mindset to focus on students’ strengths instead of focusing on the negatives?

My hope is that this episode sparks a conversation about the importance of establishing or refining the trauma-informed practices in your school or classroom. Just remember that our students come into our classrooms with more on their shoulders and hearts than we often realize, and it is up to us to create an environment in which they feel safe and secure.


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