Managing Trauma & Challenging Behaviors in the Regular Classroom Retreat

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One in every four students has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Oftentimes, these traumatic experiences emerge as challenging behaviors frustrating teachers and detracting them from teaching. Traditionally, rewards and consequences have been utilized. Sometimes shame and humiliation are invoked and when at our wit’s end, we suspend or expel. With today’s students these antiquated practices no longer work. So, what should educators do when students misbehave, disrupt the learning, and refuse to stop acting out? Join Dr. Joe Sartorius and Dr. Deana Layton to understand the impact trauma has on students and focus on restorative practices to help students be accountable for their actions and ready to succeed inside the classroom and beyond.

Learner outcomes:
• Gain an understanding of how childhood trauma impacts learning and behavior
• Establish procedures and expectations for student behavior that encourage the development of positive interpersonal skills
• Understand the ABC of behavior: the antecedents to the behavior, the behavior itself, and the consequences of the behavior
• Develop a non-confrontational rapport with even the most challenging students
• Explore changes in teaching behaviors that will improve student classroom management
• Learn how to use the management of time, space, transitions, and activities to keep students focused, engaged and eliminate behavior distractions

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