Number One Behavior Tip: Self Regulation

Hey there, awesome teachers! 🌟 I’ve got a golden nugget of wisdom to share with you today that can make a world of difference in your classroom. So, let’s dive into the world of self regulation and how it’s the ultimate behavior trick you need to know!

Imagine this: you’re on a plane, and the flight attendant announces that in case of an emergency, you should put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Well, the same principle applies in the classroom! As fantastic as you are at supporting your students, it all starts with you taking care of yourself first. Yep, that’s right, your emotional well-being sets the stage for your students’ behavior.

Think of yourself as the emotional thermostat of your classroom. When you’re cool, calm, and collected, you create a soothing environment that helps your students find their balance too. On the flip side, if you’re feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s like turning up the heat on the thermostat – things can get a bit chaotic, right?

Now, let’s zoom in on our kiddos. We all know that emotions can run wild in a classroom setting, especially for students with special needs. And guess what? They’re like little emotional sponges, soaking up the vibes around them. When they see you handling your emotions like a champ, they learn by example. It’s like giving them a masterclass in emotional regulation!

But here’s the kicker: if you’re not in control of your own emotions, it’s like trying to lead a dance when you’ve got two left feet. A dysregulated adult can’t provide the steady support that a dysregulated child needs. It’s like trying to build a sandcastle on shaky ground – not the most stable foundation, right?

Top Tips For Self Regulation

1. Positive Self-Talk

Imagine having a personal cheerleader in your head, boosting your confidence and helping you keep your cool. Well, that’s exactly what positive self-talk does! Whenever you’re feeling the heat rising, take a moment to give yourself a pep talk. Remind yourself of your strengths, past successes, and your ability to handle any situation. By swapping out those negative “I can’t” thoughts with empowering “I can” thoughts, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your mood shifts.

Some of my favorites are “I have been here before and gotten through this,” or “Their behavior is happening in front of me, not to me,” or “they are struggling with some big emotions, and need me to help ground them.”

2. Understanding Your Own Triggers

Ever notice how certain things just push your buttons? Those are your triggers, and they can send your emotions on a rollercoaster ride. But here’s the secret sauce: when you identify and understand your triggers, you gain the power to defuse them. Take some time to reflect on what situations or behaviors tend to ruffle your feathers. Then, come up with strategies to navigate those moments without getting caught in the emotional storm. Knowledge is power, and knowing your triggers is like having a map to smoother emotional waters.

Want to know mine? Feces. Yep- have you ever had poop smeared on you? No- well then you’re lucky but it totally makes me lose my cool.  I know if a student is engaging with their feces, I NEED to step out and let another in because I just cannot stay calm.

3. Taking Deep Breaths to Remain Calm

Ah, the magic of deep breaths! It might sound simple, but trust me, it’s a game-changer. When you feel your heart racing or your stress levels spiking, pause for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Inhale through your nose, filling your lungs, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple act triggers your body’s relaxation response, sending signals to your brain that it’s time to chill. Plus, it’s a subtle yet powerful way to show your students how to manage their emotions too.

Remember, you’re not just a teacher; you’re a role model, a guide, and a calming presence in your students’ lives. By becoming a pro at self regulation, you’re not only creating a peaceful classroom but also giving your students an essential life skill they’ll carry with them forever.

So, take a deep breath, smile, and show your students the incredible power of staying cool under pressure. You’ve got the number one behavior trick up your sleeve, and I have no doubt you’ll rock it like the superstar educator you are! 🌈🎉

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