Author H.D. Hunter joins Danielle for a discussion of Trauma-Informed Teaching and YA books that touch on grief, like Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen. (Transcript)
In today’s episode…
Pilu of the Woods is a graphic novel following an episode in Willow’s life after the death of her mother. After Willow gets in a fight with her sister, she runs away to the woods to calm down. She meets Pilu, a young tree spirit who feels her mother doesn’t love her. Can the two girls help each other find peace among turmoil?
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Today’s entire episode is Spoiler-Free!
*1:00 We chat about Hugh’s newest book, Torment, and his experiences visiting middle school classrooms
*5:54 We share our favorite parts of Pilu of the Woods
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*9:43 Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
*13:17 Public vs. private grief, and the concept of Ujima
*18:24 Hold Still by Nina LaCour, and her podcast for writers, Keeping A Notebook
*21:24 Danielle shares how her trauma affected her in the classroom
*24:27 Making the classroom a safe space
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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…
In this episode, Danielle and Hugh talk a lot about the components of trauma-informed teaching. There are so many excellent resources out there to help you become a more responsive educator, but here are three great primers:
Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall
“Essential Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies” by Concordia University’s Room 241 team
Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers podcast ep.142: Trauma-Informed Teaching
Lastly, check out Danielle’s cornerstone article, “Grief in the Classroom,” which shares practical tips for teachers based her experience with death as a student and as an educator.
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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at teachnouvelle.com)
& Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)
Guests: H.D. Hunter, author and activist. Find him on Instagram @hd_tsd
Producer: Leila Hobbs
Music: Matt McCammon
Thank you to Oni Press for sending us an ARC of Pilu of the Woods.