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Why should I do it?

  • Provides students with an outlet for their feelings and emotions, including anger, frustration, sadness, grief, etc.
  • Provides students an opportunity to self-reflect and think about problems and solutions
  • Allows students time to cool down and work through what they are feeling
  • It Is non destructive
  • It is quite
  • It requires few resources to implement
  • Allows students time to be alone
  • Gives students with poor verbal skills a way to better and more easily express themselves
  • Makes students feel validated 

When should I do it?

  • When a student’s emotions/feelings appear to be escalating
  • For students who have test anxiety or anxiety about speaking in front of others, being the center of attention, etc.
  • Students should journal or draw before and after a stressful or emotionally difficult time or event, like speaking in front of class or before a test
  • You may have students journal or draw regularly as part of your classroom routine to ensure students have at least one opportunity to express and get feelings and emotions out on a regular basis, perhaps daily or weekly

How do I do it?

  • You may have students journal or draw at their desks or have a specific location in the room where students go to draw and journal
  • Students should be given the choice to share and explain what they drew or journaled with the teacher
  • You may provide students with a bound tablet of paper or staple some paper together to make a journal or drawing tablet
  • Have students keep their journals and drawings in a safe place
  • Give students a timer or other method to limit the duration of the journaling or drawing period
  • You could give students a coloring page with shapes to color in
  • You may suggest topics, subjects, or themes for kids to write or draw about
  •  Try having kids draw or write to music
  • Check out the resources and support below

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