As we all know, the last few years of quarantined have pulled our students out of school and sent them home, where for many of them their social development continued to grow, at a much slower rate. School for many students is a large portion of their social development, working with teachers and other students their own age teaches them how to interact with the world, how to monitor their own emotions, and how to socially engage with other people. When they were sent home, many students interacted only with their immediate families for almost two years, some students only communicating with their friends via online platforms. This lack of social contact has created classrooms full of students in desperate need of social emotional lessons.
At the elementary level, the zones of regulations are an excellent tool to teach students to identify their emotions and respond appropriately to manage them. In my classroom, we created wall posters that show students the emotions in each zone and give them the chance to visually see what their emotions look like. We’ve been learning about the zones of regulation all year, and we’ve done many lessons on each zone and how students can manage their emotions responsibly in each zone. This lesson I’m sharing with you today is an accumulation lesson where students are able to work together to teach me about each zone of regulation.
I’ve created a slide on Jamboard for each zone of regulation and I’m going to split my class into four groups, one for each zone. Each group is going to be in charge of making a slide for the zone of regulation they’ve been assigned. Their slide can include pictures, text, drawings about which emotions are included in that zone, what this zone feels like, and ways to manage their emotions in this zone. Jamboard is a fun, easy online tool to help my class collaborate with one another to create a slide they are proud of. Once every group is finished, each group will stand and teach the class about their zone of regulation.
By the end of this lesson, I want students to be able to accumulate their learning and verbalize different aspects from each zone of regulation. This lesson uses Jamboard to facilitate collaboration, promote easy presenting, and encourage creativity to accomplish this goal. I am excited to see what my students come up with and hope you’ve been inspired to perhaps introduce social emotional learning into your classroom this year.