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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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