KidConnect Classroom is an iPad app used by students to manage their emotions in the moment. This section of the KidConnect Clubhouse is focused on introducing KidConnect to your classroom and incorporating it for your classroom, activities, and time.
Simply put, How we feel directs and literally Drives how we act. When you stop and think about it, it makes sense doesn’t it?
This classroom activity explores the feelings and behaviors we all experience. Using a thunderstorm, as a common situation, this exercise will demonstrate how emotions drive behavior. Everyone has experienced weather and storms. Using a common event makes it easier for students to share their own experiences and accompanying feelings to their reactions to a storm.
If you plan on starting KidConnect with just one student we suggest that you introduce it to them after you have introduced the idea of Emotions Drive Behaviors to the whole class. It will be easier for your student to understand the role the KidConnect app will play after the whole class introduction.
Try a Incident together with your student as a dry run when things are calm. Walk through the questions the app will ask. Tell them that once they have completed the route, the situation will be over and everyone will move on.
This is the time to discuss a reward for completing KidConnect as it is often helpful for a student to know this ahead of time.
We think it is really important to introduce the KidConnect to the whole class once you've completed the Thunderstorm of Feelings activity.
Kids with behavior issues can sometimes get a bad wrap. They often have lots of "people" checking in with them during the day. And let's face it, their own behaviors can call attention to them.
The KidConnect classroom app and associated activities look to change that out-dated and sometimes stigmatizing situation. We aren't focused on "behaviors" but on the emotions that drive behaviors. So introduce KidConnect to your kids. All kids have feelings and all of your kids can benefit from understanding how their emotions drive behaviors. No one needs to feel like their behaviors are bad. Empower your students to know they can learn to manage their emotions, and in turn their behaviors.