Being a trauma-informed preservice teacher Chancela Key
Updated: Oct 26, 2022
During today's episode, I interview Chancela Key, an elementary education major at IUSoutheast and soon-to-be graduate. She is passionate about trauma-informed teaching. We connected through her professor, Dr. Asim. During our interview, Chancela shares her faith, passion for trauma-informed teaching, her favorite teaching moment, and how to learn from her experiences.
Adapt the expectations for the needs of the children in your classroom
In her interview, Chancela shares her teaching story and how she got the idea of being a teacher. At first, she never wanted to be a teacher until a rough senior year when an influential teacher stepped in and impacted her life. A teacher took the time to pour into Chancela and persisted each day. Right before she graduated high school, she decided teaching was the way to go. Once she announced this to her mentor, she was at first discouraged from getting into teaching. We are so glad she joined the teaching field and followed her calling. Chancela wants to be there to help and support children who are experiencing or going through trauma. She also shares her journey into jail ministry and serving others.
Be an advocate for yourself and your students - what are some resources that you recommend?
Listen and be there for your students - A child needs to feel safe and trust you first.
Be an intentional educator with your planning, lessons, and engaging students.
Advice for student teachers or new teachers
Pay attention to your students
Be intentional with your teaching
Be in the present
Do what you can with what you have
When you attend professional development, pick one or two areas and incorporate them into your classroom. Don't take everything - you can't - it is overwhelming.
Find what you love and focus on that - your passion will take you far.
Who do you recommend preservice teachers connect with on social media?
Connect with Chancela Key