Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies

Helping teachers create positive classroom experiences so students can flourish.


Understanding Trauma and Your Students

Trauma-Informed Classroom: Student misbehaving with a pencil in classroom

When Your Students Act Out, Ask These Questions Instead of “Why Did You Do That?”

Frequent outbursts are often a symptom of bigger issues.

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10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs To Know

For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle.

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What Are the Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress? Take the Quiz

Is always being there for your students hurting you?

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10 Simple Ways To Build Resilience in Students During Difficult Times

Help them find hope in challenging experiences.

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Childhood Trauma: Expert Answers to Tough Questions From Real Teachers

We want to help when our students are hurting—but it can be hard to know just what to say or do.

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Helping Students Cope With Trauma Starts With Taking Care of Yourself

Creative ideas for weaving teacher self-care into the school day.

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What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Childhood Trauma

Classroom Activities & Printables

Brain Break Calendar

Plan fun and easy brain breaks throughout the week with this calendar and suggestions for activities your students will love.

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5 One-Minute Activities To Help Students Build Resilience

These printable resilience activities for students fit perfectly into lessons about reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

5 Calming Mind-Body Exercises To Try With Your Students

Benefits include better self-control, anxiety management, concentration, and mental focus.