From time to time it is going to happen. When you work with tiny humans or large ones for that matter, invariably there will be a point when someone becomes angry. This is especially apparent when student hormones are a-raging as they tend to be in school. Whether it is one student that is angry a lot of the time or a sweet student that lost their cool, here are five ideas for how to help them cope and be successful in the classroom.
These “If, Then” statements put the ball in the student’s court and allow them to think about what the effect of their current actions might be when their anger may cause them to be somewhat short-sighted.
Some strategies that I have used with students in the past that work wonders for cooling down are ripping paper from the recycling bin, blowing on a feather, a movement spot where they can run in place or flail a bit, a small space where they can be alone (while still under adult supervision), or a glitter jar. This, of course, isn’t an exhaustive list, and each student needs something different to help themselves back to normalcy. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and try something new.
It is okay to put a little bit of emotion into an I statement, but do not get overly emotional. You want to remain as calm as possible.
Table the Matter
The trick to this one is making sure that you hear your student out at the time they have chosen. It may not always be convenient, but your student needs to trust that you will hear what they have to say.
Imagine and Explain
This is a strategy to make students think about the situation and possibly re-evaluate their viewpoint. It works especially well for students that get caught up in what they are doing and don’t think about the big picture.
Do you have a strategy for helping a student who is angry? Let me know in the comments!
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