Taking a breath
What Is this strategy?
When students feel strong emotions, you can help them manage their emotions by reminding them to breathe slowly in and out. This breathing technique is also good for teachers as it can help you manage your own emotions!
When is this strategy appropriate?
This strategy can be helpful whenever you see a student expressing strong emotions—sadness, anger, frustration, etc.— It can also be useful when students lack focus, lose their concentration, or have a lot of energy.
Why is this strategy important?
Deep breathing helps everyone calm down when they have strong feelings. If children manage their own stress and emotions, they can learn better and communicate better with others (and this is helpful for teachers too!).