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Managing stress by modeling a range of emotions

Jun. 18, 2020

During this uncertain time when our haumāna need support, we continue to share weekly tips for educators from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

When students return to school – via virtual learning or in the classroom – it can be valuable to engage them in activities that affirm their competence, sense of self-worth and feelings of safety.

There are many social-emotional learning practices and wellness activities that teachers can encourage students to complete in school or online. These activities can promote self-regulation when students are feeling stressed and provide a healthy sense of control over controllable aspects of an overwhelming situation.

This week’s social-emotional and wellness practice is to model and normalize a range of emotions by giving students opportunities to express themselves in nonverbal ways. This may include drawing a picture about how their lesson or day is going or showing the most important thing that happened to them that day.

Teachers can complete this exercise first and share with students to model how to share with others in a way that feels safe and helps us feel connected.



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