1. Let the classroom remain normal.
It’s important to make sure that the student is treated exactly the same as they were before abuse was recognized. They need to feel like they are a part of the class, and by treating them differently it will cause them to separate themselves. Also, it is important to remain consistent in routines and expected behavior.
2. Respect their privacy.
Don’t pressure the student into sharing what happened, or force friendship upon them, or anything. We as teachers need to be a resource for our students, but that doesn’t mean we have to be. It’s important to create a safe space for them, but that doesn’t mean we need to pry or make them share because they will feel targeted and isolated even more.
3. Support their identity.
Be affirming! Make sure your students are aware of what you see in them. Give them positive feedback, because it allows them to know who they are in a positive way. Plus, they can learn to form a healthy identity apart from their abuse.
4. Help them feel like they belong.
Again, verbally affirm your student’s success and include them in classroom activities. It’s important that they feel like they belong and have a place within the classroom where they have a voice. Allow yourself to be their resource as well, if needed.
5. Create clear expectations.
Set reasonable goals for your students to go after, and support them along the way. As a teacher, have high expectations for them, as well. It’s important that they see themselves as successful individuals.