Educators Guide

Introducing KidConnect

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Teach Emotional Regulation Using KidConnect

Gain Life Skills for Success 

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.  

 

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Kick Off Activities

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. 

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 Individual Student Intro

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.

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Whole Class Introduction

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What do I need to use Thunderstorm of Feelings?
The Thunderstorm of Feelings class activity for full effect requires an Internet connection, audio/speakers, and ability to project video (i.e. Activity Board is one option). 
However, all it really requires is you, your students and an active discussion. 
It is available either as an eBook and an interactive guide.
What if the students are hesitant at first to use the app?
We've been there.
 
We've had students who have refused at first to use the app. Over time, and especially seeing other kids use it, they became less hesitant and were willing to try it.  We had great success showing kids that we use the app ourselves!
 
Just stay patient and positive. Behavior change takes time. You'll get there.
Do you tell parents that their kids are using KidConnect?
We recommend that you follow the same pattern using KidConnect as you would any other behavior management program in your classroom in terms of notifying parents.
 
Our families were happy to hear we were working on positive changes and focusing on the emotions instead of the behaviors! You know your classroom and parents the best, follow your best practices and protocols!

 

What if one of my students refuses to participate in the activity?
We all need to start somewhere! Some of our students are all in for almost every activity. Others are more reluctant, particularly when talking about emotions, feelings and themselves. It's all perfectly ok. This is a marathon we are running in, not a sprint. As you know from your experience as an educator, we often have to explain, model and reteach things many times in order for everyone to get it. Teaching emotions and learning to manage them isn't any different. Let everyone go at their own pace, and learn in their own time. Patience. All kids can learn about emotions.