Teaching Students How to Cope

Social Emotional Well Being

As a step-parent to a 13-year-old boy, I am all too familiar with the slew of emotional responses that teenagers are prone to giving their parents (and teachers!) In a recent Edutopia article, author Lori Desautels details some emotional regulation strategies that teachers can incorporate into their daily routines in order to help and teach students how to deal with stressors in their lives.

The preventative and reflective “brain-aligned” strategies Desautels writes about are helpful for both upper elementary and middle school students who have experienced some emotional trauma and need help coping while in the school environment.

One of the strategies she details uses peers to teach that everyone shares similar emotional experiences and responses to events in their lives. Desautels states:

“Many of us have experienced some of these situations. If we keep them to ourselves, they may grow to feel overwhelming, taking up so much space in our minds that the only things we think about are the negative experiences and problems we have. If we see that others have experienced these things also, that can help us come to terms with them.”

For more information or to read more about trauma-informed practices and how to help, read more here.

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Kristin Oropeza

Kristin Oropeza is currently a TK-5th Grade Technology TOSA in Southern California. She holds a masters in special education and has worked in public education for over 10 years. Kristin also serves as a director on the CUE Los Angeles board and acts as their Communications Editor. Find her on Twitter @KristinOropeza.

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