The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

by Patricia A. Jennings


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Selected as a "Favorite Book for Educators in 2018" by Greater Good.

From the author of Mindfulness for Teachers,a guide to supporting trauma-exposed students.

Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the face of this epidemic, it falls increasingly to teachers to provide the adult support these students need to function in school. But most educators have received little training to prepare them for this role.

In her new book, Tish Jennings—an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning—shares research and experiential knowledge about the practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster compassion in the classroom. In Part I, Jennings describes the effects of trauma on body and mind, and how to recognize them in students' behavior. In Part II, she introduces the trauma-sensitive practices she has implemented in her work with schools. And in Part III, she connects the dots between mindfulness, compassion, and resilience. Each chapter contains easy-to-use, practical activities to hone the skills needed to create a compassionate learning environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393711868
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 67,801
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patricia A. Jennings, MEd, PhD,is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction: Why We Need Compassionate Teaching 1

Part 1 Understanding Trauma in Schools

1 Understanding Trauma and Chronic Stress 9

2 When Trauma Comes to School 29

Part 2 Addressing Trauma in Schools

3 Building Supportive Relationships 48

4 Creating Safe Spaces 64

5 Supporting Prosocial Behavior 87

Part III Building Resilience with Mindful Compassion

6 Building Resilience 107

7 Mindful Awareness 121

8 Compassion 131

9 Cultivating Compassion in the Classroom 146

Conclusion 164

Appendix 166

References 179

Index 190

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