Becoming A Trauma Responsive Educator/School

Jessica Nixon
Dec 20, 2017

Maintaining Educator Well-Being


Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it is one of the most stressful jobs as well. The relationships educators form with their students often keep them in the profession even when they are overwhelmed with job related pressures and challenges.


Being unaware of your own needs, however, can put you at greater risk of overextending yourself and becoming fatigued from work. Over time, unaddressed stress can negatively affect your relationships with students and your ability to support them. It is therefore critical that you stay attuned to and attend to your well-being because healthy teachers can help students flourish... Read the FULL BRIEF HERE and comment below.

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