On November 19 and 26th, 2019, our staff participated in a learning session with Toni Bochek, district school psychologist.
Her presentation helped staff deepen their understanding of how stress and trauma can impact students, their ability to stay calm and regulated, learn and do well in school.
Key take-aways included:
- Creating a safe and supportive space for all who are in it or those who may enter it.
- Students who have positive connection at school are more likely to have an enthusiasm for learning and experience overall greater life satisfaction and success. The adults who feel connected and safe are better at their jobs too!
- Create meaningful and genuine connections
- Know what sparks each child and check in on that (those) thing(s)
- Have an individual connection with each child that has nothing to do with their academics
- Share of yourself with your students
- Be their primary safe adult at school, in the classroom, on the playground, in the hallway, etc.
- Prioritize the well-being of each individual child above compliance and output
- Hold space for social connections between peers
- Each child belongs here, is safe here, and is loved here
- Reduce Stress
- Proactively build skills and create opportunities to regulate (before you educate)
- Create predictability through routine and structure
- Alter the physical environment to reduce stress
- Create opportunities for growth and success
The effects stress can have on the child's emotional and physical state.