Keeping your emotions in check is a delicate balance for all of us. What would you think if you were asked to:
Grade 50 papers.
Now, do it in an hour.
Alright, that's challenging.
Now add you've just had a major fight with a good friend, your washing machine flooded your house. And your car has a flat-tire.
You'd probably ask if you could grade papers another time. Some individuals might respond to normal events in an over the top way. Maybe they verbally 'bite heads-off''. If we had to guess, all of the events listed above would probably make you feel frustrated, sad, angry, worried, and maybe even overwhelmed.
We get it! It is incredibly difficult to get things done when your emotions are in control.
Now, let's think about our students as they come to school each day.
- How are they feeling when they arrive?
- How about as they navigate their day?
- Did they get enough sleep, are they hungry, have a disagreement with a friend, do their homework?
Being a kid is tough.
Event after event keeps coming. Our students are collecting emotions every step of the way. What we know is that if a student is not managing their collection of accumulating emotions throughout their day, they're not going to be able to get much done.
Let's face it, we aren't born knowing how to do math or read. The same holds true for managing our emotions. We wouldn't ask kids to learn how to read, write or do math on their own. So what's-up with thinking they come with the skills and ideas to be have developed emotional regulation skills?
Teach Emotional Regulation
This brings us to The Connections Model's philosphophy and using KidConnect.
It's time that we teach kids the steps to understand how they feel, so they can manage how they behave. More than stickers, thermometers, colors or emoji faces.
We use open discussions and real emotions, real activities, in real life, and in real time.
Are you ready? Let's get started teaching emotional regulation.
Students learn how to manage their emotions by learning to understand what events, things, and places trigger different emotions in themselves. This is done through adding 5 - 10 minutes of your time a day to make emotions a part of your classroom. In the beginning it may feel awkward. That's OK.
BTW in a few weeks you're students will be Ready2Learn and your stress level will be down.
When you use the KidConnect Classroom app, and visit the KidConnect Clubhouse, you'll get the information and the tools to support your students and their emotions. Your students will have a real time tool which will help THEM understand what is driving their behavior and the emotions that led them there.
Over time, with your help, students will begin to learn how different emotions make them behave. They will learn to employ new strategies when they feel those emotions. You will have access to a wealth of information on Emotional Regulation, activities and language to use in your classrooms. If behavioral issues arise, you’ll have the KidConnect Classroom app for your students. Everyone won't need it, but when they do, you'll be ready. Teach Emotional Regulation. Yes. You. Can.