The Emotional Classroom
Manage emotions so your kids are ready to learn
You can help your students and reduce your own stress by creating an Emotional Classroom. An Emotional Classroom is one where students understanding their feelings. An environment where students understand how their feelings impact their behavior and how others perceive them. By incorporating the Teach Emotional Regulation program you can create a classroom of calm feelings and student brains ready to learn.
A Day in the Emotional Classroom
Connecting Emotions to Behavior-All Day- Every Day
It isn’t hard to add Emotions to your classroom. Adding small pieces to your curriculum is the best way to integrate emotions and learning. You will see big results in both students individually but also as a whole class. Sometimes small changes can drive big results. Some students may need a little extra boost, some even more, but we’ve got you covered.
Here how we would recommend you use the Emotional Classroom tools with your students.
Adding a few minutes of the Emotional Classroom
to your everyday agenda will create calmer and
more recieptive students
Morning: Set the tone for the day
Use your in place classroom warm ups and add a question about what emotion describes you best.
Use circle time to ask kids what they did in the morning/yesterday afternoon and ask them what emotion would correspond with the activity. Soccer/Happy, Homework/Bored, etc.
Use the Emotional Agenda for yourself and for your students. Connect current and future events to emotions and then strategies to manage them.
Add emotions to your daily schedule. Ask kids (or volunteer them yourself) to add the emotion to the activity. Then link how the emotion might make them act.
Use a DESK worksheet for kids who might need a little extra support.
During the day: Keep the focus on how kids are feeling, without having to ask!
Stop and do a minute of mindfulness. A few deep breaths helps everyone stay in control.
Have a “match the emotion to the activity” game set up during recess or free time for kids to use.
Get kids up and moving. Regular movement breaks can help kids manage how they feel.
Does a student need a little more assistance? Try a DESK worksheet.
Afternoon: Get kids to reflect on their day,
think about upcoming events, homework, activities
Review the day and talk about any issues that remain.
Update the Emotional Agenda. Add afternoon events with their paired emotions. Have kids pick strategies to manage their emotions.
Make notes. Did anything stand out during the day that might become an issue in the future? Sometimes, just being able to note an event and how a student might be feeling will help the following day.