Relationships Over Academics / ep13 show notes

Updated: Mar 28



This is the Polyvagal Schools series, part 4 of 5

CHANGING BEHAVIOR

Things we have to agree on first:

We sadly can’t count on parents all the time.

We have to be able to change behavior within the classroom

There’s always another kid coming in the next year that’s going to be a challenge

Passing the issue on isn’t a sustainable model

Regular ed is looking more and more like special ed classes

There probably aren’t enough MHC to refer to

Safety and relationships come before academics

To encourage students to change their behaviors, they must WANT to do it for themselves

This intrinsic motivation evolves from their relationships/connections: co-regulation

Caring can look different between teachers

Before the behavior problem is going to be the primary factor


Positivity Bookends to the Class

  • Warm Welcome: Handshake, high five, dap, verbal acknowledgment, smile, prosody

  • Grateful Goodbye: What you appreciated about them today, something positive, smile, prosody

Brain breaks: Planned short breaks that involve movement, art, music, fidgets


Your own cues of safety: Positivity, Prosody, Smiling, Eye crinkles


Clear and positive expectations: to succeed, to put in the effort, to be respectful of others, modeled by the teacher


Relationship - Students have to feel you care

  • Circles

  • “Ready to Learn” checkins

  • Principal check-ins idea

  • Have genuine fun:

  • Play with them during recess!

  • No phone use by anyone

  • Play a game with them during the line walks!

MOVING UP THE LADDER IN CLASS

Brain Breaks or Things to Add Into a Lesson


SHUT DOWN:

  • Stretch or chair yoga

  • Toe wiggles

  • Breathing exercise

  • Fold inward and expand exercise

  • Random thought exercise

  • “Voo” as a class

  • Self hug and hand on chest/forehead

FIGHT

  • Arm pushes

  • Wall pushes

  • Arm/torso muscle relaxation

FLIGHT

  • Toe stands

  • Foot/leg muscle relaxation

  • Message delivery w/mindfulness challenge

  • Line fun

MUSIC

  • 30 second clip, allow them to move

  • “Is it a bop or a sway?”



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