IMES Presentation Notes

Thank you from Narwhals & Waterfalls!

Thank you for trusting us with your time and energy. We know you’re busy and work hard as a teacher. But as one of our P.D. attendees once said, “What do I teach? I teach students. I teach children.” We hope this P.D. session and these resources help your students, but even more, help you with self-care so that you can model for your students the importance of loving and caring for yourself.

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Notes from Fellow Teachers

As we get more great ideas and advice from other teachers, we’ll keep collecting it here.

Ideas to help with Morning Greetings:

  • Have students take turns being the greeter
  • Establish clear transitions into the start of class
  • Have a video or activity for kids already in the classroom

Ideas for the Calming Corner

  • “I set up my own PERSONAL ZEN ZONE IN THE CLASSROOM. Seeing how I handle myself when I’m overwhelmed gives my students permission to do the same.”
  • Create multiple calming corners (possibly color coded)
  • Use sheet dividers and dry erase markers with your Feelings Journal to save on paper

“Establishing BOUNDARIES is self-care”

“What do you teach?” “I teach students. I TEACH CHILDREN. That’s the correct answer.”

“When I have to discipline a student, I always make sure I say ‘I STILL LIKE YOU.'”

“I keep a ‘SHARE BUCKET‘ where students can write down and share problems anonymously and/or personally. This helps me be more aware of what might be distracting them emotionally.”

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas/resources to share, please reach out: