WEEK SIX: PREDICTABILITY
by Dr. Will Henson
Students who have experienced adverse experiences in childhood do not like surprises. A key element of a trauma-informed classroom (or any trauma-informed environment or interaction) is predictability.
Here are a few things you can do to provide predictability:
(a) Create a consistent schedule
(b) Inform kids about changes ahead of time
(c) Pre-teach and prepare kids for new experiences or material
(d) Post visual schedules and reminders
(e) Keep your behaviors and responses consistent.
This week I want you to pick one way that you can be more predictable from the list above. Spend some time thinking about how you are going to do it. I would advise you overdo it a little bit. Predictability is more important than you think and requires effort. Hint – it also pays big dividends!