They're trendy. They're controversial. But what does it mean to have a space in your room for kids to "calm down"?
We need a new purpose for school. We have to ask ourselves, now, in this new world in which we live, what is school for?
What happens when we stop pushing and pulling our kids to do what we want with extrinsic rewards and punishments?
What can I do after today? After my next birthday? After my next milestone, or goal, or accomplishment? This is not a Bucket List, this is an After List.
When the cumulative emotional and psychological burden of carrying the weight of our student’s trauma gets too heavy, teachers are at risk to develop secondary trauma.
To the moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, guardians, foster parents, and everyone who takes on the task of raising the former, present, and future students in my classroom.