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  • Reinberg Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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As a school counselor, I help kids manage big emotions and also set goals for themselves. To help do this, I try to fill my room with sensory items that students can use to calm down, to reset, and to get ready to learn. Items such as sand, fidget toys, flexible seating, or other sorts of soothing/sensory tools are a great help! I want students to feel comfortable and welcomed when they visit me. Students really benefit when they feel motivated by an adult who supports them. Just knowing someone is there to cheer them on and reward them when they succeed can make a big difference. For most of our younger students, they need constant reinforcement! A lot of times, knowing they can earn a sticker or a trip to the "prize box" can help motivate and reinforce positive school behaviors such as following school rules or completing classwork. Items purchased that can be handed out as rewards for students really helps keep them on track and working towards their goals.

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As a school counselor, I help kids manage big emotions and also set goals for themselves. To help do this, I try to fill my room with sensory items that students can use to calm down, to reset, and to get ready to learn. Items such as sand, fidget toys, flexible seating, or other sorts of soothing/sensory tools are a great help! I want students to feel comfortable and welcomed when they visit me. Students really benefit when they feel motivated by an adult who supports them. Just knowing someone is there to cheer them on and reward them when they succeed can make a big difference. For most of our younger students, they need constant reinforcement! A lot of times, knowing they can earn a sticker or a trip to the "prize box" can help motivate and reinforce positive school behaviors such as following school rules or completing classwork. Items purchased that can be handed out as rewards for students really helps keep them on track and working towards their goals.

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