Here are five tips for calming students in the classroom:
- Read-Aloud Stories: Reading aloud to students can be an effective way to promote calmness and engage their attention. Choose stories with calming themes, positive messages, or characters overcoming challenges. Reading aloud can create a peaceful atmosphere and provide students with an opportunity to relax and escape into the story. It can also serve as a shared experience, fostering a sense of community in the classroom. Use Read Aloud Cards with QR codes for students to independently choose and listen to a picture book with headphones as they relax. 150 popular picture books included.
- Establish a Calm and Supportive Environment: Create a positive and welcoming classroom environment that promotes calmness. Integrate daily positive behavior activities, awards and classroom displays to build a positive and supportive classroom environment. Use soft lighting, comfortable seating arrangements, and soothing colors. Display visual aids such as calming quotes or nature scenes. Students will feel more relaxed and focused in this environment.
3. Deep Breathing Exercises: Teach your students deep breathing exercises as a technique to manage stress and anxiety. Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths in through their nose, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through their mouth. Practicing deep breathing exercises can help regulate their emotions and promote a sense of calm.
4. Use Quiet Music or Nature Sounds: Incorporate soft instrumental music or natural sounds like rain or ocean waves during independent work time or transitions. The gentle background noise can have a calming effect on students, helping them to focus and relax. Avoid music with lyrics, as it may be distracting.
5. Mindfulness and Meditation: Introduce simple mindfulness and meditation techniques to your students. These practices can help them become more aware of their thoughts and emotions, and learn to let go of stress and anxiety. Consider using a Positive Behaviors Mindfulness Journal with coloring and reflecting on positive behavior traits in the classroom. Allocate a few minutes each day for mindfulness activities.
Remember, every student is unique, so it’s important to observe and adapt these strategies to meet the specific needs of your students. If all else fails, give them a brain break and dance the worries out. Visit my store to see a range of Social Emotional Learning resources to support your students needs and create a clam classroom environment. Encourage open communication and provide a safe space for students to express their emotions or concerns, which can further contribute to a calm and supportive classroom environment.
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