Trauma-informed pedagogy

The double impact of social unrest and the pandemic have raised awareness to the impact of trauma from any source on all of our cognitive abilities, emotional resilience, and motivation. The policies, tone, and interactions we have with our students and peers can be informed by research on how to best support each other in traumatic circumstances.

While these strategies and techniques are suggestions for incorporating or adjusting what happens in the class, also remember that this is a community with various resources and experts.

  • URI has several resources (e.g, Counseling Center, Food Bank, Psychological Clinic) to support its community that we can share with students individually or in your syllabus.
  • Faculty Self-care is also important to recharge our capacity to be responsive and empathetic with others.

[As many of the topics in this area connect, you may also find relevant resources in difficult dialogue, fostering a sense of belonging and anti-racist & decolonizing pedagogy.]

Educators always hope students will enter an academic environment both academically ready to learn and emotionally ready to experience the enjoyment and excitement of discovery. However, many effects of trauma often block a student’s ability to learn in the classroom.
Shannon Davidson, Ph.D.

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