Using trauma-informed pedagogy to reduce student stress: Opinion

August 3, 2021
A new article from BCcampus describes how instructors can use trauma-informed pedagogy to prepare for the uncertainty of returning to the classroom and reduce student stress. Stress can impede a student’s ability to process information, make choices, and focus. The article encourages instructors to use incorporate a variety of qualities to reduce stress for students, such as predictability of announcements and schedule, flexibility with assignments and how meetings are carried out, and connection and warmth with a focus on compassion. The author also encourages instructors to build relationships with their students and empower them through engaging learning and alternative assessments to high-stakes exams. BCcampus (BC)