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S4.E8: Play-based learning environments create spaces to support student mental health and trauma

June 18, 20231 min read

Episode Summary:

This week on Season 4, Episode 8 of That's SO EDVOLUTIONARY, we talk about how play-based learning environments can help us support students in our classroom with trauma and mental health issues. We often can't know what's going on in all of our students lives, and so creating a trauma-informed classroom environment is best practice to meet the needs of all students.

School can also be a place of trauma, as well as exacerbate mental health challenges in students and teachers alike. Just treating the symptoms will never be as effective as looking at the roots of these issues and how we can prevent some of them in the first place.

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Ali Dabney is one of the co-founders of EDVOLUTIONARY.  She has over a decade of teaching experience and focuses on helping K-2 teachers create play-based learning environments that make it easier to meet student needs and make teaching more sustainable.

Ali Dabney

Ali Dabney is one of the co-founders of EDVOLUTIONARY. She has over a decade of teaching experience and focuses on helping K-2 teachers create play-based learning environments that make it easier to meet student needs and make teaching more sustainable.

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Hi! We're Annie & Ali

We are two primary (K/1) educators building a roadmap to teaching that ensures children reach mastery of all required K-2 standards in an environment that also respects their developmental needs and leads them to become self-directed learners. We founded EDVOLUTIONARY to help amplify the conversation about how to evolve our education system and to share our toolbox of teacher-tested resources and strategies that empower learners and make teaching more effective, fun, and sustainable.

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