ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LaJoi is a driven and dedicated Golden Apple Teaching Scholar from Chicago. She’s a graduate from DePaul University’s School of Education where she received her Master’s in Curriculum Studies and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where she received her Master’s in Human Development and Psychology. Her work includes curriculum development for World Teach‘s African program and the Illinois Math and Science Academy‘s intensive summer camps. Currently, LaJoi teaches algebra within a large charter network and works as a free-lance consultant where she presents workshops to pre-service teachers on reflective practices. She’s a contributing author for the books How Would You Handle It?: Questions for Teachers to Ask Themselves and How We Handle It: Hundreds of Answers from Classroom Teachers. LaJoi is passionate about increasing the research dialogue among educators, helping teachers have long, fulfilling careers and using research to impact students’ lives.
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It’s an age old debate. Does it matter if your students like you? Ask any teacher, anywhere, and you will most likely get answers split down the middle. In Aaron Podolner’s book, “How Would You Handle It: Hundreds of Answers
I recently watched a Ted Talk1 by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris where she addressed the effects of childhood trauma on health. Her 16 minute talk discussed how trauma leads to higher risks of heart disease, early death, and even lung cancer.