Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Chat: Fostering Resilient Learners (Part I: Trauma)

In case you missed our book chat this morning, feel free to read through the notes below!

How does trauma manifest itself in the brain?   
How is this shown in our students’ behavior in the classroom?

Introduction Video:  Hand Model of the Brain

  • Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma. (National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011/2012)
  • One study of young children ages 2-5 found that 52% had experiences a severe stressor in their lifetime. (Egger & Angold, 2006)
  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. (ChildHelp, 2013)
  • In 2010, suicide was the second leading cause of death among children ages 12-17. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011)

Correlation Between Number of ACEs and Struggles with School and Health

Attendance
Behavior
Coursework
Health
3+ ACEs
4.9
6.1
2.9
3.9
2 ACEs
2.6
4.3
2.5
2.4
1 ACE
2.2
2.4
1.5
2.3
No known ACEs
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
The more ACEs a student experience, the more likely he or she was to experience serious school and health issues.

  • 45% of students had at least one ACE
  • 22% of students had multiple ACEs
  • 1 in 16 students had an ACE score of 4+

What Fight, Flight, or Freeze Looks Like in the Classroom
Flight
Fight
Freeze
Withdrawing
Fleeing the classroom
Skipping class
Daydreaming
Seeming to sleep
Avoiding others
Hiding or wandering
Becoming disengaged
Acting out
Behaving aggressively
Acting silly
Exhibiting defiance
Being hyperactive
Arguing
Screaming/yelling
Drugs/Alcohol
Exhibiting numbness
Refusing to answer
Refusing to get needs met
Giving a blank look
Feeling unable to move or act


Upstairs Brain vs. Downstairs Brain


Fostering Resilient Learners, Kristen Souers with Pete Hall

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