Fostering Resilient Learners, Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Souers and Hall guide educators in building trauma sensitive learning environments by shifting our focus from reacting to unhealthy student behaviors toward understanding and preventing these behaviors. Students who experience chronic stress and trauma live in their downstairs brains. When we stay regulated, consistent, and reliable in our upstairs brain in the face of student misbehavior, we are modeling appropriate ways to manage stress and empowering students to problem solve on their own.

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The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning, 2nd Edition

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Overall, the message about feedback is stop saying “giving” and “receiving” feedback. Instead, ask to engage people in a learning process. Trust the learner as a professional with their own autonomy and agency. This will reshape the culture in schools and school systems if the feedback process focused on “learning” is a part of all levels in the system.

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