Calm down/Sensory/Chill Out Bottle in plastic bottles with lids Gorilla glued, 10 explanation cards, and directions for how I use the bottles in my classroom.
I have a couple of steadfast rules for myself when it comes to classroom management. If at ALL possible I like to deal with the problem behavior myself. As soon as I have someone else handle a situation, the student has more power.
I also prefer to handle problem behavior as quietly and unobtrusively as possible. A lot of the time, a student will act out MORE if they know they will get attention for doing so.
Enter calm down bottles!
When to use:
1. If you see that student is having an off day.
2. If you realize that a student’s behavior is about to escalate.
3. If a student is particularly unfocused.
How to use:
1. At the beginning of the year, I introduce my students to the concept of the calm down bottle (I call them “Chill Out Bottles” in my room so it seems less childish). I do this so that I know they understand the concept and are not surprised if one ends up on their desk.
2. When the situation arises, I calmly walk over to the student in question and silently place the bottle, along with one of the included direction cards, on the student’s desk. No conversation or further attention is necessary.
I started using calm down bottles in my classroom last year and they were a WONDERFUL addition to my classroom management routine. I hope that it works for you as well as it did for me!
These are also great for students with special needs/autism!