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Caring and Emotions | Kindness in the Classroom

– Teacher: Remember our emotions? We can show on our face, and people will know
what we’re feeling? – Lisa: We don’t always
recognize the impact our emotions have
on our daily experience. And it’s an important skill to start building
from a very young age. – Student: Makes me happy, too.
– Student: It makes me sleepy. – Teacher: What? – Lisa: Emotions are
really important. They’re part of, you know,
all of our interactions. Rather than it being
the teacher’s job to help all of the kids
in the classroom be able to recognize and work with their emotions, wouldn’t it be great
if the students were building that capacity
themselves? And they could do that
with each other, have conversations about it. That’s a really big piece of this being part
of the curriculum. – We really want
to teach children that all emotions are okay. And it’s okay to feel angry, and it’s okay to feel sad, and we can spend some time knowing how it feels
in the body. Then, in those times where someone is actually
really feeling angry, the child is able
to self-regulate; to identify
what’s happening for them. And it can be
those strong emotions. It can also be
those moments of joy. – Man: I’m as happy as a lark. ♪ ♪ I’m as mean as a shark. I’m sad as a basset hound. – Lori: So this is
animal emotions. We start naming
how the animals might feel, and then, how does it show up when we’re acting out
the animals? And so, we start identifying some of those emotions that perhaps we can feel
on the inside just as we’re pretending to be these animals. – Lisa: You know,
in many classrooms, they’re working with kids to build the capacity
to recognize that there’s
such a breadth of emotions, in addition to those good or bad or happy or sad emotions. – Okay, how ’bout
we do one more? Ready? Noelle! What was that? Surprise, right? Are they at the bottom yet? – Student: Not yet.
– Okay, keep watching. – Lori: The mind jar lesson
is a very popular lesson. When your mind is really full and you feel angry or scared, feeling really excited, it can feel like this. – Lisa: That’s kind of like
what we’re like in our mind when we’re dealing
with a lot of circulating, difficult, challenging
emotions or experiences. – Lori: And so we shake up
the mind jar and… as we notice
and watch the glitter settle, it’s just like that
on the inside. – Lisa: This is how
our mind can be when we give ourselves some time to just settle down. – Can you share your smile
with Whitley? Share your smile! – Lisa: We learn that not only do we have emotions and that they impact us, but that other people
have emotions too. If another kid is able
to say to a friend, “I’m feeling really sad
right now. “I just want to be quiet.” Being able to hear that
and honor that could go a long way
towards helping to have a collaborative
classroom atmosphere. – Student: What is it? – Student: It’s okay, Noelle,
we can just try again. – Teacher: Good words! We said, “No problem. “Let’s try again!”

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