Do you want to start a conversation about responding to trauma-impact in the classroom? Try this free, DIY, 90-minute workshop with handouts with your colleagues.
Here are practical classroom activities that make use of the evidence based strategies of spacing and retrieval practice from cognitive psychology. Building these strategies into your learning design and teaching them to your students can improve adult learner outcomes in your behavior-change course.
Because one-third of adult learners are trauma impacted, teachers, trainers and college faculty must be equipped with strategies to help these learners relax their vigilance and free up psychological energy for learning. One place to start is by creating safety, predictability and consistency through trauma-informed classroom structures and processes.
The last activity of your lesson or training should include a performance task in which learners apply what they've learned to a real-life task. Create these demonstration of learning tasks to mimic the situations in which learners will need to use what they know and make this the last task of your session.