This is my fourth year teaching Kindergarten at an Elementary School in Arkansas. My class is made up of 22 energetic, very curious five and six-year old's. We are already beginning to feel like family in the fast and furious few months we've already been together. We have white, black, and Hispanic students in our class; with an almost even split of 12 girls and 10 boys. Lots of my students come from homes of middle socioeconomic status, but a handful would be considered living in poverty. Some students come from split and divorced families, some are being raised by single moms, some live with both a mother and father and some are adopted. I want my students to always feel like our classroom is a safe, loving environment!
I want to create a space within my classroom that students can go to if they start to feel overwhelmed or anxious. This space will be a corner in the room where students can go to deescalate or work on emotion regulation strategies. I currently teach the Jesse Lewis Choose Love curriculum in our classroom; I want to go above and beyond teaching the lessons and create a physical space where students can practice calming strategies. This space will also be great for students who have experienced trauma because it gives them a chance to relax in this space and use an emotion board that I already have that helps the student communicate how they are feeling if they don't have the words to describe it yet. These materials will be used to create a place that will help my students feel like they are in a safe, learning environment even more than they hopefully already do!
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