My classroom is an amazing mix of students with multiple disabilities in a very low income community. My students come from immigrant families and are all learning English as their second language. Due to the complexity of their learning disabilities, my classroom is filled with games and puzzles and fun artistic ways of expressing our learning. We do not do very many paper and pencil activities. My classroom always appears messy and chaotic due to paint constantly being used, puzzle pieces out, clay and PlayDoh everywhere, but despite the messiness, the joy that happens in the classroom makes the mess worth it.
These materials will allow me to teach my students about emotions and what to do when they have big emotions. I am really hoping for the tent to be a space for students to go when they need to calm down. This can be a nice safe quiet space where they can compose themselves if they are getting upset or simply need a break from people. We all have those days. The fidgets will be another strategy which students can access if they are feeling like those emotions and big feelings are getting the best of them. The books will be a nice way to start conversations and give my students the vocabulary to talk about these emotions and feelings.
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