Sometimes children can’t find the right words or actions to deal with their emotions. In many cases children are still learning what emotions are and how to deal with the overwhelming feelings that they experience. But, when you give a child a crayon and a blank sheet of paper and ask him to draw how he feels, you might be shocked at what you see. This is a great way to get an inside look at the types of emotions our students experience everyday.
|This pictures was drawn by a student in my class who has a hard time expressing his feelings with words.|
|This piece of art was created by a student in my classroom who has developmental delays. He was drawing his feelings.|
|This incredible art work was created by a student in my classroom who has Asperger’s. He was feeling frustrated and took some time to draw this to demonstrate how he was feeling.|
The cool down area is a safe place. Your students should understand that going to the cool down area does not necessarily mean that he or she is in trouble. There are two reason a student should visit the cool down area. The first is when he feels negative actions coming on, the second is if negative action has already reared it’s ugly head. Through using the corner, you are trying to get your students into the habit of visiting the corner in the former situation so they can cool down before they do a negative action. This is also a good time to teach your students how to recognize their warning signs. Explain that everyone reacts differently when they feel angry so it is important to know our personal warning signs. Write down your warning signs so the students understand that being angry is normal, but if you know your warning signs, you can make the right decisions of how to deal with your anger.
Christy is in her second year teaching 3rd grade at an International School in New Delhi, India. Before she moved to Delhi with her husband and son, she was a substitute teacher at an inner city school in Bronx, NY and at a charter school in Erie, PA. She keeps busy by creating things for her classroom, browsing pinterest, instructing dance classes, and chasing her adorable two-year-old boy around. She is the author of the blog Digraphs, Decimals, and Discoveries. This is also the name of her TPT Store and Facebook Page.