January 2017 TIP


TRAUMA – Why Understanding Student Trauma is More Important Than Teaching Grit 

Exposure to trauma has a profound impact on cognitive development and academic outcomes, and schools and teachers are woefully unprepared to contend with these realities. Children dealing with traumatic situations should not been seen as pathological. Instead, educators need to recognize the resilience they are showing already.”

INFORMATION – Not All There: My Mother’s Lobotomy

“My mother … was a holy terror. She raged at me for nothing. She raged at my father the moment he walked in the door, poured himself a glass of gin. The last thing I wanted was to upset him, so I swallowed my anxiety and learned not to ask questions. Besides, the stigma of mental illness at the time was intense. No one I knew had a mother like mine.”

PARENT – This School Replaced Detention with Meditation – The Results are Stunning

“Misbehaving kids are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-center.”