2018 November

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26 Nov: The Importance of Giving Students Opportunities to Practice Skills

By Dr. Skip Greenwood I ended the last blog talking about the need to make a skill “familiar”. By doing so, we increase the chance that a student will be able to access a skill they have been taught when they really need it. Of course this brings up the question; “How do we make a skill familiar?” One key way to help make a skill more familiar is to put a focus on the student practicing or rehearsing the skill you teach them throughout the school day. It takes a small bit of planning but it is so powerful to embed opportunities for students to use newly learned skills during classroom time, recess and specials. When you want students…

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13 Nov: Teaching Emotional Management Skills

by Dr. Skip Greenwood A number of teachers we talk with express frustration that their students do not use the emotional management skills they have been taught once the student becomes escalated or is in crisis. This frustration leads them to question whether teaching emotional management skills to students makes sense. The answer is an unequivocal YES but the process of teaching skills always has to be thoughtful and is not as simple as just providing instruction. This is particularly true when we are teaching emotional regulation skills such as relaxation techniques that we want students to use during escalation or crisis. Whenever we think about teaching skills we have to keep in mind there is a difference between learning…

06 Nov: Questions (and answers!) from the Trauma Informed Schools: Awareness to Action webinar

Questions and Answers from Trauma-Informed Practices: From Awareness to Action Education Week Webinar with Dr. Will Henson. Thanks again to everyone who attended the Education Week webinar on Thursday, November 1st. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded version here! We had so many good questions come in and I wanted to take some time to answer as many of them as I can. If you don’t see your exact question here I may have combined a few similar questions. I was very encouraged by the number of people that signed up. National interest in this topic is enormous right now and many districts are wanting to move from awareness to building trauma informed practices in their schools. I’ve…