Just like graphic organizers, anchor charts, and other cues help students navigate and work independently with the concepts we teach, brief, kid-friendly strategies for handling emotional situations can help our students develop healthy social and personal habits. In my book The Elementary and Middle School Student-Friendly Handbook to Navigating Success, I detail eight strategies students can use to develop their emotional skills. Before introducing these strategies, you may want to lead a general discussion with your students centered on these questions:
- Do you behave well in school or often get in trouble?
- Do you get along with your teachers?
- Do you frequently like or dislike school?
- Would you like practical strategies for navigating emotional situations at school?
To support student curiosity, each strategy is followed by an explanation of the purpose of the strategy. There are also a few helpful reminders to guide students, but students may want to develop their own cues.
Strategy #1: If you are having a bad day, inform your teacher(s) at the beginning of the class.
Why: Your teacher will be aware of your mood and can help you have a better day.