Hello all! I haven’t posted in a while…so I hope everyone has been doing well! Overall, I have been doing great! My fiance and I are finally really starting to plan our wedding! So, that has been SUPER exciting!! =)
But…my class lately has been exhausting me more than usual. My kiddos this year have A LOT of BIG EMOTIONS! I *hate* to say it…but it is the most emotionally needy group I have had. I love my kiddos to pieces, but each one of them need all of me…all the time…and I feel like I don’t have that much more to give!
I was lucky enough to go to a training about Conscious Discipline on President’s Day…and when I follow the steps and procedures…our days do run a lot smoother! We still have our moments since we are still learning, but it has tremendously helped our classroom!
I would like to share some of what I have implemented into my classroom in hopes that it can help you to! (I am not affiliated with Conscious Discipline…just an interested and inspired teacher!)
Conscious Discipline has SO MUCH to offer and it would take years to change your class/program to completely implement all areas of CD…but here is what I have done…
1.) Safe Place: We have created a safe place in our room. I forgot to take a picture…but ours is currently a small fluffy blue rug, with some comfy pillows, a few little stuffed animals, a mirror, and then choice cards for them to pick from! They pick how they are feeling, how they are going to calm themselves down, how they choose to feel better, and then how to solve their problems. Instead of going in to detail in all of these areas…I have included a FREEBIE on the bottom of this post of all of our choice cards! My students go in the Safe Place when they are feeling BIG EMOTIONS and need to regulate their bodies and minds. Sometimes my students know when they need to go to the safe place and other times I gently tell them they should go to the safe place to feel safe and calm.
2. Breathing: We practice different breathing exercises to help calm ourselves down and start using the executive parts of our brains again! Not going to lie…I might use these breathing techniques more than the students! The breathing techniques we use are the four main ones from Conscious Discipline: S.T.A.R., balloon, pretzel, and drain.
– students can use these techniques any time the need to
– we sometimes use them as a whole class
– I sometimes will take a student aside and practice a breathing technique with them if they are unable to accomplish it on their own
Here is a great PDF explaining the different breathing techniques from the Conscious Discipline Website: Breathing Techniques
3. Wish Well: We also started our Wish Well Program! We enjoy singing the “We Wish You Well” song to students that are sick or that are having a hard time. The song I learned from that training goes like this, “We wish you well! We wish you well! All through the day today, we wish you well!” to the tune of “The Farmed in the Dell.” We LOVE this song! The kiddos sing it to me even when the see that I am having a difficult time.
4. Connections: I try my best to make connections with my students (or I Love You Rituals) on a daily basis…especially to my kiddos that really need it! Some include: Round and Round the Garden, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Bye Bye Crankies, and Humpty Dumpty. Check these out on YouTube!
5: “Safety” job description: “My job is to keep you safe. Your job is to help keep the classroom safe.”
I will continue to research Conscious Discipline and continue to implement it into my classroom a little bit at a time! I hope you found this blog post helpful!
Here is my Safe Place Freebie: Safe Place