I teach fourth graders. One of my classes is a co-teach classroom. I love it, but my co-teacher is not there for the full class time. I needed to find a way for students to handle their emotions when the co-teacher was not there to help me. I loved the idea of a “Calm Basket.” But, that didn’t serve my needs. I want all of my students to be able to communicate and say what is wrong, how they are feeling, and what would make them happy. I want to empower the students to solve their own problems. I think this activity does that.
I made a PowerPoint to introduce the students to this tool. It sits in a crate in a large utility caddy in the back of my room. When I am busy working with students or teaching, a student in distress can visit the caddy quietly and find the tools he or she needs to cope with the situation.
This Communication Station has stopped most of the problems I had with classroom interruptions. Gen-ed and SPED students all enjoy these tools. It has allowed everyone in the classroom to communicate better.
This bundle includes:
8– emotion cards- Anger, Frustration, Sadness, Hurt Feelings, Needing Motivation, and Worrying
9– problem solving cards
4 pages of labels
8– writing templates for responses
1– PowerPoint in two different formats to introduce the concept Bibliography
Instructions Sheet for creating tools used in the station
I hope you will enjoy this. If you are having a problem that is not addressed in the unit, let me know and I will add it.