After seeing the movie, Inside Out, I KNEW I had to incorporate it into my classroom. Every year we have students who struggle to not only identify their emotion, but express it appropriately. I love using cue cards. Depending on the student, I may let them carry the cards on a key ring or I may print a cue card and tape it to their desk. Students simply have to point to their emotion. It's a very non-threatening way to let the teacher know they need space, they need a hug, or they need some stress relief.
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