Removed. Displaced. Torn away. So many synonyms but none come close to the reality of an abused child ripped out of their home.
A while back I was sitting in a class about how trauma affects learning when we watched this heartbreaking video. Like most of the teachers in the class, I started to cry wishing to take away this little girl’s pain. Watch with tissues.
Afterwards, I decided to try and understand just what these kids live with every day. I wanted to find more ways to help these children learn, make them resilient, and stop the cycle. These are just a few.
- Treat each student with respect.
- Use a calm voice in the class. A whisper is more powerful than a screech.
- Maintain routines. Predictability helps abused children to be open to learning.
- Understand that lack of focus has many causes. Find creative, non-threatening ways to keep your class on task.
- Teach children assertive vocabulary and the difference between win-win and win-lose situations.
- Love your students unconditionally. You may be the only person who ever has.