Published on Jul 25, 2017
This video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to talk about trauma with students. So a kid with trauma, or who is stuck in survival brain, is kind of like the baby elephant who doesn’t have protective adults around them. They can’t play and learn because they are way too focused on looking out for threats and danger.
So this is why, the most important things that schools can focus on, way more important than any techniques or curricula, is really whether or not they are creating that environment where students feel like they’re surrounded by these big mama elephants that are going to protect them and watch out for them and make them feel safe. When students have that, it unlocks their curiosity, their eagerness to learn and play as a way to learn.
This Implementation Guide (located in resource files to download above - TSS Training Package Implementation Guide final) provides school and district leaders with an overview of all components of the Training Package. Specifically, it outlines the intended audience, purpose and implementation process for each package component, along with steps for reviewing and rolling out the materials.
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