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Episode 6: Teaching for Trust

In this episode, Ricky Robertson revisits the topic of behavior as a form of communication, which he first introduced in episode 4 of this series. Ricky explores strategies that educators can implement to address students’ needs for safety (physical, intellectual, social-emotional), belonging, and feeling valued. He also discusses the harmful effects of excessive screen time and the importance of parental attunement and play for children’s healthy brain development. He invites educators to view challenging behaviors as bids for connection that often communicate unmet needs. Through awareness, connection, and compassion, educators can foster their students’ resilience and success.  

Ep. 6 Trauma-Informed Teaching Resource Guide