Why should I do it?
- Students can get overwhelmed easily
- Many students want to be successful but haven’t yet developed all the skills which can lead to anxiety/frustration
- Everyone needs a break every once in a while
When should I do it?
- When you see a student becoming frustrated (banging things, groaning, crying, refusing to do work)
- When a student is involved in a mild confrontation with another student
- When student has a lot of work to do
How do I do it?
- Take time to speak with the individual student alone
- Assure student that everyone gets stressed/frustrated/worried/ overwhelmed
- Teach the student to know what they do when they are stressed/frustrated/worried/overwhelmed (some common answers are: clench fists, breathe heavily, cry, sweat)
- Teach student when he does the above behaviors, stop, ask to leave the room, sit outside and take five deep breathes or count to ten
- Practice the first time with student
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