My students consist of inner city children that come from low-income families, some are even homeless. As a teacher in an urban district, I work with four and five year-old students ranging in levels of development. I have several students with special needs (IEPs) that are currently mainstreamed into my general education classroom. One student in particular currently has a personal aide to help support her in her daily school-related tasks.
My student population consists of inner city children mainly coming from low income families.
We are a dual-language school where students learn English and Spanish. We are proud to be a national school of character!
Working with little ones, many of whom lack the language skills or vocabulary to express their feelings, it's imperative to have a classroom equipped with materials to help students cope with their emotions. Having a cozy, private area where a student can retreat to when feeling upset is a wonderful way to help relieve their stress. My intention is to fill this area with materials to help students relax, distract from what is upsetting them and eventually feel better.
Aside from having this wonderful little nook for my students to use as a means of feeling better, it is important to plan lessons and model for my students different ways to handle emotions with the help of the Social Emotional Support Kit.
It's also important to acknowledge a multitude of feelings and teach them the vocabulary to express when they're feeling upset, scared or angry. Having a variety of books to read to my students will help open up dialogue for important discussions about our feelings and how to handle certain situations. In doing this, students will be equipped with the necessary skills to problem solve and self soothe in times of emotional difficulty and stress.
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