Today we worked on drawing like scientific illustrators. We rewatched a video called "Austin's Butterfly" about the power of critiquing each other's work and revising and working on multiple drafts in order to achieve excellence. We'll be continuing this work and painting the whales to look authentic.
Our Cloud City (our classroom take-a-break spot) now features The Zones of Regulation to help students identify their zone (i.e. emotional state) and name their feelings. This is a wonderful social skills curriculum that Ms. Meyers has introduced us to during our Thursday Social Skill sessions with her. Today I had a student come over to the bean bag with a sad face. I pointed to the chart and asked her, "Which zone are you in right now?" She responded, " I'm a mix of the yellow and the blue zone–I'm worried and sad about something that happened last night." I asked what I could do to help get her back in the green zone. We came up with a way for her to tell her story visually/creatively (she happens to be a kid that loves to draw & write) and she went off to work on it. A little while later I checked in with her and she said her drawing was in her mailbox, completed and she was in the green zone. Teaching kids to recognize their emotional state and be able to self regulate and problem solve is a powerful skill that will serve them well in life. I'm very grateful to Niki for bringing the "zones" to QAE.