CALMER CLASSROOMS – Laurel Downey, Author
Kids Thrive programmes are informed by Berry Street’s CALMER CLASSROOMS – a guide for teachers collaborating with traumatised children.
Calmer Classrooms is based on three theories: Attachment Theory, Trauma Theory and Child Development Theory. It particularly looks at the impact of interruptions to early attachment and trauma on a child’s development.
Watch the author give a simple introduction to traumatised children and the Calmer Classrooms approach.
For further insight into Calmer Classrooms download the documents below:
Click to download Calmer Classrooms – full version
Click to download Calmer Classrooms – Snapshot
THE BRAIN AND TRAUMA IN CHILDREN
Bruce Perry is in collaboration with Berry Street. His work in understanding brain development and the impacts of trauma underpins Calmer Classrooms.
This video is the fourth in a series about the brain and trauma.
SevenSlideSeries – State Dependent Functioning
This next video is Bruce presenting at length on a bigger picture of the brain and its functionings.
This video below is Bruce doing the same-ish presentation as above at a different event. In it he repeats much of the same material with some extra extrapolations that add to our understanding.
For more Bruce Perry click here
Developed in the 80s in North America by early childhood teachers, Anti-Bias Curriculum or Framework set out to address and intervene in bias at an early age.
This first video should be seen as an historical document. In it the founders speak of the approach and the development of the approach.
ANTI-BIAS CURRICULUM – Louise Derman-Sparks presents in Ireland
In the video below Louise is addressing the Irish education group that has implemented the anti-bias approach in Ireland. The first few minutes are specific to the people there and the significance of the event. Hang in.
In Kids Thrive practices in Let’s Be Calm we are introducing small steps towards mindfulness in children; being present to comfortable and uncomfortable feelings, taking time in to re-centre, managing thoughts and feelings, focusing on the task in the present moment etc
Here are a few short, simple entry points for understanding mindfulness:
JON KABAT-ZIN: An explanation of mindfulness
MINDFULNESS – JON KABAT-ZIN: Presence of Heart
MINDFULNESS – Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED
Click here for more insights into mindfulness