In this packet, I added in a few strategies I used in my own classroom that has helped tremendously. These strategies consist of a variety of way for students to channel into their own feelings and be able to learn how to handle themselves. Most kids at a young age have a hard time with understanding why they react in certain ways. For the most part, children of a young age tend to act out in impetuous ways. In order to relate and teach this activity, first think about yourself as a person.
When you get angry, you may tend to act out in ways you might not allow your students to in the room. For example, lets say a child isn’t happy that someone cut them off in line at lunch. Therefore, they react in a negative way by yelling or pushing their way through. As teachers, we would instantly try to calm them down and get order back. Now put yourself in your student’s shoes. Lets say you were at the store waiting patiently in line as another customer cuts you off. How would you react? Would you be as calm as you are with your students?
Or lets say you’re driving in your car after a long day and another driver cuts you off. Most of us would act impetuous; throwing our hands in the air, cursing, or even blowing the horn.
If we think about the ways we act in general, most of our students who get upset have every right to as well; we all do. However, as educators we must channel into their inner self and help them learn how to react in a more positive way. In this packet, I have broken it down into 2 parts. The first part is a “Feelings Chart” aligned with activities. The second part is our “Triggers, Cues and Reducers.” This tells us when were getting upset, how we know and what to do. The second part can also be used for teachers during those stressful workdays as well.