My classroom is a place for the kids who carry the world on their shoulders. I teach gifted students from fourth through sixth grade in reading and math, but I also provide for them an environment where it's okay to be who they are.
We achieve great things academically—I incorporate STEM and current events and a blended learning model with technology and traditional best practices—but if a student doesn't leave my room feeling more capable of handling the world than when he or she walked in, I haven't done them any favors.
My students are brilliant and kind and caring and anxious and perfectionistic and quirky and awesome, and together we will accomplish amazing things.
Research tells us that 25% of school-aged students have been diagnosed with some type of anxiety disorder. This, of course, does not include those who go undiagnosed.
Children need to feel comfortable in order to learn.
School can be a stressful place, and the world can be a stressful place. This is why it is so important that students learn how to regulate their emotions and what it means to calm down. This is a skill students will take with them no matter where they go in life.
The technology used in the EmWave2 gives students a visual way to perceive what is going on in their minds through their heart rate. Not on that, but it gives them a step-by-step process that can be repeated in a variety of situations to regulate their heart rate and return to a state of calm. I can't overstate the significance of this in a classroom setting where there are so many different needs.
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