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Educators Guide
Class Setup and Student Configuration

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Teaching Emotional Regulation Using KidConnect

Life Skills for Success and Less Stress for Everyone

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 class settings and student setup of the KidConnect Classroom and incorporating it to best meet your needs, activities, and time. 




Class Settings Setup 

Enter  grade of students and specify primary classes or subjects. The information entered here becomes the default information for individual student configuration (i.e., classes) This way, you don't have to spend time entering this information for each one of your students! A time saver!!




Add Students

Enter and confirm basic student information such as name, age, grade, classes, gender, and notes. Notes are a great way to really personalize the app for each student.




Personalize Student Feelings & Strategies

KidConnect is based on Cognitive Behavioral Theory. The goal is for students to change their patterns of behavior. KidConnect teaches each student to pair behavior with emotion, and suggests strategies for the student to use next time. Over time, “re-paring” emotions with different behaviors create new coping skills and lasting behavioral change.


Adding Student Rewards

For some students rewards can make a big difference. KidConnect comes pre-loaded with suggested rewards to make it easy. You can customize rewards or work with a student to jointly identify rewards for maximum motiviation.



What are strategies?
Strategies are the new ideas that help students learn and pair with their feelings to use next time. From a psychological perspective, the strategy is the replacement behavior. The “strategy” is the new behavior a child will select to use when he or she has the same or similar feelings in the future, instead of the observed less adaptable behavior.
Over time, and with consistent use, the student begins to understand their feelings, and with that comes the ability to make different behavior choices. Thus, putting the strategy into action.
What are best practices on managing strategies for my students?
You know your students and classroom best. Your best practice is to look at the student, your environment and decide what will work the best for you and your classroom.
If a child is anxious, you want to help alleviate the anxiety while focused on learning. An initial step is for the student to a break or a short walk.
Over time, and as the student is learning to understand and manage their emotions (i.e. anxiety) better, you can change the strategy to a more classroom-friendly idea. Perhaps a fidget toy or a break within the classroom.
Your goal is to help the student learn to use more appropriate behaviors to manage the emotions!
Why did you suggest these strategies for these emotions?

Certain emotions will elicit certain behaviors from students. Keeping that in mind, the KidConnect Team created these strategies that are appropriate for school and specifically for classroom environments. These suggested strategies will help students manage their emotions and are simple enough to be actionable.

Suggestions are based on years of experience working with children. These are not concepts from a laboratory. These are classroom-proven and broadly adaptable strategies for students to use the next time a situation arises. 

Strategies are customizable because they need to work for your classroom and your school environment. 

Why use a video/picture of the student's behaviors?
This is such a great question.
Here is what we have seen work with our students, and it might be true for you too…. Kids have a hard time identifying what happened and why. This is, especially true when they are upset. They can feel shame in having to describe and rehash an incident it to an adult.
It can be hard to accept that they just had that kind of behavior. 
It can be hard to see how others view you.
However, learning social-emotional skills is understanding that what happens on the inside impacts the world around them.
To help overcome this KidConnect Classroom provides a library of gender-specific images. These images are a great place to start. If the behavior continues or worsens, replace these images with a photo of the student exhibiting the specific behavior. 
When possible, and depending on the student, take a video to capture the incident rather than a photo. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is a worth a million.
Either way, the student will now see or have evidence of what others see during an incident. It will also help students to internalize the need for change.  When combined with KidConnect Classroom's in-the-moment skill-building tools and simple strategies students learn new ways to regulate emotions and make good choices.