Video: Building Trauma Informed Classrooms

Building Trauma Informed Classrooms 2

Resource 1: Self-Care Plan Handout

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Self-Care Plan
















Overall Balance




What might get in the way?




What negative strategies do you need to avoid?




If you implement you plan, how might you feel?




Resource 2: Building a Trauma Informed Classroom

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5 Proactive Actions to Build a Trauma Informed Classroom

  1. Learn about the window of tolerance
  2. Understand our kids and their needs
  3. Create safety through routines, systems, consistency, etc.
  4. Proactively teach the social and personal competencies our kids need in school and life
  5. Take care of ourselves

Which of these proactive actions do you need to prioritize most?






What will you do to make that happen?






What is your next step in each of these five areas, based on what you are already doing in your classroom?

Proactive action

My personal next step

Learn about the window of tolerance






Understand my kids and their needs





Create safety through routines, systems, and consistency






Proactively teach social and personal competencies






Take care of myself






Resource 3: Share Prompts

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Prompts for any age

*some slight modification may be necessary for youngest learners

  1. Who is the kindest person you know?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What makes you sad?
  4. What makes you… (insert any emotion)?
  5. If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What powers would you have?
  6. What makes you feel loved?
  7. How do you show people you care?
  8. How do you help others?
  9. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  10. What’s a memory that makes you happy?
  11. How would you spend a day off from school?
  12. What do you wish we did more often?
  13. When do you laugh at school?
  14. If you were a teacher, what would you teach?
  15. What makes you awesome?
  16. What’s a skill you would like to learn?
  17. What helps you feel welcome?
  18. What is your proudest moment so far?
  19. What is the hardest thing about being a kid?
  20. Are you a good friend? Why do you think so?
  21. What is something that makes your family special?
  22. When you’ve had a hard day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Prompts for older students

  1. What would be your dream job?
  2. If you could do anything right now, what would you do?
  3. If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
  4. Which board game/computer game/app is your favorite?
  5. Are you a morning or night person? Why?
  6. What do you like most about school so far? What would you like to see changed?
  7. Who inspires you?
  8. What strengths do you bring to our classroom? To the school?
  9. Where would you like to travel?
  10. What bothers you?
  11. Do you like group work or individual work best?
  12. If you could give one gift to every single child in the world, what gift would you give?
  13. If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?
  14. Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?
  15. Where did you encounter a struggle this week? How did you deal with it?