Sunday, March 27, 2016

Social /emotional development

Our Feelings Collage; it help the students identify their feelings

 I knew the importance of social/emotion development, but, I didn't truly understand the importance of it until now.

Working with students that don't have social skills or unable to self-regulate can be very challenging. It’s hard to know when it's time to throw in the towel and say "I'm done;" When you know deep in your heart that you are making a difference.

Feeling Funny

It seems so simple to walk up to a group of students that are engaged in play and say; "Can I play? Or learn how to take turns with a toy or even play with a group of friends without hurting them, while following the rules of a game. Unfortunately these tasks can be very hard for students that lack social/emotional development.

 We all get angry at times, and each one of us handles it in different ways, some of us walk away, or yell. But imagine a child that can't walk away, but instead hit things, kicks, screams and lose total control of their emotions. It can be very frustrating and tiring, but understanding where this lack of control comes from will help one understand the student and work toward helping them. 

Feeling Sad

I did a series on Feelings, we talked about what being angry, sad and unhappy was, and the students were encouraged to put real life situations into the three groups. We discussed the things that made us, happy, sad and angry. Each day we put our names on the face that represented what we were feeling. Some students started the day off feeling unhappy, but later went back and changed their name to the face that was happy. They had the opportunity to control their own feelings and share it with others. 

Feeling Happy

I used the website get information on social/ emotional activities and books. My students really enjoyed the super friend cape. Those students that represented what a super friend was, was able to wear the super cape for the day. Each day we picked a different friend.

Emotions are still high, but better, I hear students say, get out of my bubble whether than hitting, they are open to drawing and writing in the feelings book. Although this is still be a challenge in our class, we are working on it. 

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