Social Emotional Skills

Social Emotional Skills

  • How to Get Children to Take Care of Materials

    How to Get Children to Take Care of Materials

              I just got finished designing the costumes for a school play and I was so impressed with how well the children took care of their things during those five days of busy chaos. This got me thinking about how we teach children to be respectful of their property – and classroom materials. Read More

  • Are the Children Pushing Your Buttons?

    Are the Children Pushing Your Buttons?

           We all have our “hot buttons” that children push. Take a moment to think about the children’s behaviors that really bother you. For some of us it might be when a child lies. For others it is when a child talks back, whines, rolls her eyes, or doesn’t wipe his nose. We all have our pet peeves – those triggers which set us on edge. Read More

  • Classroom Management During the Holidays

    Classroom Management During the Holidays

    Feeling stressed? It would not be surprising! During December, it’s hard to avoid the intensity of the holiday season – whether you celebrate or not. Psychologists tell us that anxiety can exist within systems of people, not just individuals, so that even if you are not particularly stressed out yourself, you can absorb the stress that’s in the environment. Read More

  • Staying Calm When Children Use Challenging Behavior

    Staying Calm When Children Use Challenging Behavior

              While discussing the acting out cycle this week, we started considering how difficult it is to stay calm when a child is violent, or verbally abusive, especially to us! As difficult as it is, keeping ourselves calm is critical to the success of working with challenging behaviors. Read More

  • Working with Children with ADHD in the classroom

    Working with Children with ADHD in the classroom

         One of the questions I get asked frequently is how to help children who have been diagnosed (or should be diagnosed) with ADHD. Since ADHD is label for children who have a set of behaviors that all related to executive functioning, my suggestions focus on helping children to develop new skills (rather than just cope). Read More

  • Teaching Children to Share

    Teaching Children to Share

              In my college class this week, one of my students was doing a presentation and she asked the other students what “sharing” meant. I smiled and thought, “This is going to be interesting!” Well, after a few struggles trying to get a reasonable answer, she gave up and moved on. Read More

  • Emotional Skills

    Emotional Skills

    The children who have so much trouble behaving in school often need help developing emotional skills. Although many of us understand the importance of social skills, we don’t always understand the role that emotional skills play in children being successful in school.
    Here are some of the skills that you can teach the children who are finding it hard to behave:

    Labeling Emotions. Read More

  • Give me a Break! Pencil Sharpening, Bathroom Breaks, and Drinks of Water

    Give me a Break! Pencil Sharpening, Bathroom Breaks, and Drinks of Water

              I have papers to grade for my college class and I’m having a hard time staying focused. I get a drink, put in a load of wash, check my email….you probably know the routine yourself. Read More

  • Solving Conflicts

    Solving Conflicts

             Minor conflicts are a natural and inevitable part of social relationships. Our goal is not to get rid of conflict completely, but rather to create a safe environment in which children learn how to manage and resolve minor clashes, arguments, and disagreements. As teachers, we have a choice how to intervene. Read More

  • How to Talk to a Child Who Is Upset

    How to Talk to a Child Who Is Upset

                What do you do when a child is emotionally upset? Young children are often confused and overwhelmed by their own feelings. Some children can become emotionally flooded such that their heart rate increases, their muscles tense, breathing feels more difficult, thinking becomes confused and toxic feelings wash over them. Read More