I hope to incorporate trauma informed pedagogical practices into my syllabus and/or course activities through the following:
- I’ve added resources at the very start of my syllabus:
Resources for Emotional Wellness and Self Care:
- 7 tips for self-care
- NYC Well: 24/7 counseling, crisis support, suicide prevention. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI – NYC): Support and social groups, helpline: 800-950-NAMI
- Survivors of violence, resources for safety and support from the https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org
- I’ve cut out a lot of content in my course modules and focused on addressing identity formation and opportunities for personal experiences and thoughts. Prior to the TIP workshop, I realized how NOT student-centered I was, I am always trying to cram content and neglected to prioritize and allow for casual conversations, community building, and resources sharing, – even simple socializing!
- I’ve included more diverse coursework, opportunities for student choice, and alleviated the amount of work tied to deadlines!
- I’m going to spend some time to really focus on their strengths and their assets – and to celebrate their current knowledge and background. This relates to the modules I have on identity exploration.
- I have also found areas of where hope, resistance, resilience aligns with the content. I think of all the trauma in the region of Latin America, how did these communities cope? How did they cope with illness and loss? How did they fight back, resist and provide resilient communities? How did they remain hopeful?
- I’m also going to try to stay positive and focus on small experiences, opportunities, and choices that bear fruit and joy, such as encouraging them to participate in positive, action-oriented behaviors such as read poetry, protest, volunteer, clean their space, make art, cook, take walks, etc.