Updated: Sep 5, 2018
There are so many students that stick out in my memory because our time together changed the foundations of my practice. A few years ago, one student in particular sent me on a search for resources that helped students cope with anxiety that can be triggered in school. During that search, I discovered a website, Hey Sigmund, that gave me psychologically based resources to offer support to my students. Their article, "Anxiety in Kids: How to Turn it Around and Protect Them For Life" helped me develop this whole-group lesson about the amygdala - a part of the brain that manages our fight or flight response.
This strategy has helped students with anxiety, anger, and extreme responses of all kinds. How important to have a kid- friendly way to talk about the inner workings of our emotions! Once we know how our bodies operate, we can then work to monitor and control those responses.
The lesson (found on the Resources page) refers to using this Class Dojo video to help introduce the intense feelings that rise up during school.