Effects of trauma on the brains of children

What I found most interesting was the information relating to the effects of trauma on the brains of children. The fact that stress related to trauma creates toxins in the brain is especially troubling and sad. What I found most valuable was the chapter on mean vs nice and the fact that it can be turned into lessons that make students re-evaluate their interactions with each other. Having students look back at their actions and think about the impact it had on their classmates makes for a better classroom climate. It makes students evaluate their actions, which can then have the effect of them changing their behavior. Having the knowledge that some portion of my students will have gone through trauma, I can better prepare lessons and interactions that will accommodate their needs.

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Supporting colleagues

My implementing some of the strategies we are learning about bit more about colleagues to support during these times.

Persistence keeps the program going

Randy, a boy at School 2 has been struggling (basically failing most subjects) in school for several years. When I met him his teachers, counselors, parents and administration were frustrated and simply did not know how to support and motivate him academically. He was always forgetting things, not turning in work, failing tests and disorganized. Last year in lunch bunch we worked on self-advocacy. This email is a testament to his advocating for himself…he continuously went to the counselor’s office asking to bring back Gen Text because our work with him supports him academically, socially and emotionally! How awesome is this?????

I love the methods used in this program

I love the methods Ms.Brown uses to incorporate a lesson of showing empathy, compassion and active listening skills.

A school district with SEL success

Our students have been exposed to the opportunity to discover differing perspectives others may have and the rationale behind them.

Lunch Bunch success

The students you meet with in the “lunch bunch” are so excited to go to the program each week.

Tools for constructive conversations – A Parent

We now have the tools to have these conversations with our nuclear family, extended family, our community and in our workplace.