Day 5 (of 184)
Today was a day thinking about and planning for the inclusion of a self-regulation/anti-anxiety room. Or two…
Last year one of our school goal emerged as ‘helping students know what to do when they don’t know what to do’ – or self-regulate. We have many ‘anxious’ students – ranging from test anxiety to general anxiety disorder.
As such, we began repurposing our traditional learning resource room into an anxiety aware room – with a variety of external strategies such as:
Friends for life (and Fun Friends)
For students to use to reset themselves and return to their classroom ready to learn.
And with a ‘soft’ opening we’ve seen some results which give us great optimism for future development this year. With the recent support and connection with Interior Health, we are already expanding our original plans – we are plotting to set up a ‘model classroom’ designed around self regulation that can be used by the students (and staff) at our school, but also host other teachers to come in and see a classroom either setup or on-action with self-regulation strategies and supports on place.
We know we’re not going to get it perfect right away, but we are aware that it is a work in progress – especially when we compare notes with other provincial experts (UBCs Lynn Miller for one) and other teachers in the province that I’ve been introduced to (yet another benefit to growing professional learning networks via twitter).
We get our first run-through as we set up for a district pro-d day on Monday and then make improvements for another professional development group in November.
I was asked point blank – what do I expect to get out of this – and I freely admit that my main goal is to increase the awareness of and strategies to support anxious students – the learning style I have tended to work well with and want others to understand -since my son may be in their classroom one day…