The Trauma-sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

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W.W. Norton, 2019 - Affective education - 200 pages

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.

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About the author (2019)

Patricia A. Jennings, a professor of education at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, is one of "Ten Mindfulness Researchers You Should Know," according to Mindful magazine. She is the editor of Norton Books in Education's Social and Emotional Learning Solutions series and author of the best-selling Mindfulness for Teachers, The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, Mindfulness in the Pre-K -5 Classroom, and Teacher Burnout Turnaround.

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