Student anxiety is at an all time high. With grade level standards becoming more rigorous, and state tests looming, teachers are feeling more pressure than ever to prepare students. That pressure is also felt by students and parents. Teaching healthy coping skills is critical for today’s hectic classroom. By addressing mental and physical well-being, optimal learning can take place. Check out these easy steps to have your students self-regulating in no time.
Three Steps to a Calm Class
Download the Calm App
The Calm App is free for educators. Just provide a school email address and you are all set. Use it for yourself as a form of self-care. Show students how to use it at home. If you are lucky enough to have devices at school, download the app for students to use in calming corners.
Teach Breathing Techniques
Show students how to take a moment to focus on their breathing. A quick youtube search will direct you to some amazing breathing techniques like belly breathing, the 4-7-8 technique, and take 5 breathing.
Kids will stop and pay attention when you do something silly or unexpected. My secret? Llamas! Using llama themed activities is a more engaging way to take a serious subject and make it light and easy to talk about and empower students.
The ther-llama-ter is a tool for labeling levels of stress and identifying coping skills that are appropriate for each level. After coloring in their level of stress, students can be guided through coping skills that may help at each level. From breathing skills to journaling, students find their favorite way to self-soothe. Read about more calming activities here.