As educators we need to know about neuroscience (so we can better help kids know how they learn) and we need to know about trauma (since so many of our students have experienced or witnessed traumatic events). These two things really fold into each other and as educators, it is important for us to stay on top of our professional development by learning more about this.
So, you might be asking, where can I start learning about neuroscience and trauma?
1. Watch this: Nadine Harris Burke’s Ted Talk is fascinating and breaks down how ACES (adverse childhood events) effect out mind and body. (This is 15 minutes well-worth your time.)
2.Read this: The Body Keeps Score by Besser van der Kolk . Fascinating. Honestly, I am still only on chapter 4 and listening to it on audible. It’s so interesting that (geek alert!) I’m actually taking notes.
51 minutes you won’t regret. Learn about epigenetics, the study of how genes actually can express differently due to trauma and be passed down to future generations.