Equitable & Inclusive Learning Strategy:

Teach Self-Regulation Techniques

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Nurture a Meaning Learning Community Course

The concept of self-regulation does not just apply to a child’s emotional health; it also influences a child’s cognitive ability. The ability to notice and name feelings and then regulate emotions to be more in control of actions is a critical foundation for learning.

Bright Spots

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Use Images and Analogies

Teach students how to notice and name their thoughts and the feelings those thoughts generate in their bodies. It’s important to model for your class as the teacher (“I was feeling really frustrated last night during family dinner,  so I decided to go outside for a walk to calm down before having a conversation with my daughter.”)

Use Anchor Charts and Sentence Stems

It’s important to explicitly teach students how to notice, name and share their feelings with others. The ability to notice and name feelings allow students to engage effectively in conflict resolution and strengthen relationships with peers.

Use Art

Students at the WIDE School in Texas reflected on what causes them stress. They created art to represent the eye/eyes of their “anxiety monster.” This art piece also contained words that describe the moments that bring them stress. Then, they did deep reflections to identify how they overcome those stressors and created a second piece to represent their strengths.


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