Rick Miller from ASU spoke last week at a Remake Learning event that I attended, and he discussed some of the actual science behind risk/trauma and hope. And encouraged attendees to look at it differently than they have probably been taught to in the past.
He mentioned the analogy of a coin but instead of heads or tails the sides are risk and trauma, and the other side hope.
We often think of students as being at risk, and rarely do we think of them as at hope. And that needs to change so we can start creating equity in education for all of the students.
How many times have you heard, well homeless youth, well inner city youth, well youth in poverty, well youth that survive trauma - and then insert a belief that they can't thrive, or succeed equally because of said category? Lot's of times right? In fact we have entire industries built on things like trauma informed care.
Here is the thing though, they are two different topics, for example trauma is something to be healed, yes, most definitely! But so is success in the classroom and they are two different things. In the classroom they need some "hope informed care". And many researchers are suggesting we change the term actually from kids at risk, to kids at hope.
It's some new verbiage, yes, but the concepts have been around for awhile. Take for example have you seen the studies about what you expect from the kids/classroom/group is what you get. If you go in thinking these kids are all going to fail, these kids don't care, (why should I care or work harder they don't even care), and they are never going to graduate anyway, go to college etc.
Those classrooms and schools get very different results than those that come in and say - I know this is going to be a big task, but I am going to make sure that each and every one of these kids knows I have got their back, and I am not leaving AND that I care about their success. I know each of these students has the potential to make a difference and I am going to be a part of their success foundation.
Safe and happy travels!
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