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This book is an amazing text on a trauma-sensitive classroom. I read this book quickly, and now it is sitting at my desk at school and I am working through parts of it again. It is a great framework for the how-tos. Love it.
I've got to be honest. I didn't love this book. I thought it was very vague. Generally, her advice is: Show compassion, be flexible, don't get bogged down in the details of the child's trauma, and have clear and consistent expectations in your classroom. She talks about the 6 communications steps to use with your students, but I didn't think they were explained clearly with examples. Think of this book more as a primer, particularly if you are new to working with students.
I cant stress how great this book is for any educator. I currently work in a Title I elementary school and as soon as I finished the book I sent out an email to my entire staff encouraging them to read it. It's that good! Kristin Souers’s background is in mental health and Pete Hall’s resume includes teaching and administrator. The combination equates to realistic ways to use the information they are sharing, which if we are being honest doesn’t always seem to happen in professional development books. Part of why it feels do-able is because they encourage self-reflection and questioning when you find yourself in situations with a student, which I love. They also take time to explain what trauma is and what to look for in the classroom.
You can read my full review here: https://thespiritedschoolcounselor.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/fostering-resilient-learners-a-must-read/
This book is written for elementary and secondary school teachers and support personnel but it can easily be used by teachers, mental health workers, etc. who work with children of all ages. I am a school social worker and have so many unread books on my shelves but this was recommended to me and it is an awesome resource! Best thing I've read in years. The end of each chapter has reflection questions for teachers prompting them to think about whether or not their classroom (and the teacher) is truly trauma-sensitive. My own building and 2 others in my district are using this as a book study for the year. It's an easy read and well worth buying for all staff.