We can help our students (and ourselves) calm down, focus, and respond constructively to stress by practicing deep, focused breathing.
Taking a deep breath isn’t just for difficult moments. This simple soothing strategy can help us and our students any time we need it.
Consider giving students a few moments of silence and calm by asking them to focus on an object. If students respond positively to the experience, repeat it.
These two classroom practices give your students time and space to reflect on and discuss their thoughts and feelings.