When we are educating our students, we must consider where they come from each day and enter our building. So many students enter bouncing and moving while asking questions and boisterously making comments. Why do we have this constant movement, questions and lack of control? Many things are contributing to a shift in our student populations. One reason is our families struggle financially which puts a huge stress factor on the family. In addition to poverty, we have students dealing with traumatic situations or medical/mental health issues that cause deficits in learning and a lack of emotional regulation.
Poverty, trauma and ADHD all cause similar characteristics including:
- Lack of follow through
- No consideration of consequences
- Learning gaps
- Vocabulary and language deficits
- No impulse controls
- Over or under response to stimuli
Have you ever thought about our students who are one on one with technology for more than 4 hours a day?
Over stimulation with technology continuously works the left brain which actually affects how the prefrontal cortex, cerebellum and parietal lobes mature and develop. A person who is overstimulated with technology can be confused with the same characteristics of students who have been involved in traumatic situations, have ADHD or live in an poverty stricken environment.
What do these three parts of the brain do?
The prefrontal cortex of the brain is charged with complex cognitive thinking, decision making and moderating social behavior. The cerebellum is the center which receives information from the sensory systems which regulates your motor movements. The cerebellum helps to ensure balance, coordinating and affects your speech. The parietal lobe integrates a person’s sensory input.
Speech and communication is impacted as well as how people interact. If you cannot regulate your movement and the sensory input–what do you think you will have in your classroom?
Our push to begin class meetings (morning meetings) is to begin to build a safe environment for our students. Students must feel safe and cared for before they can learn. Helping students learn how to socially interact, deal with problems and their peers.
Model how to handle different situations and what we do when we have strong feelings or emotions that take over. Students must understand how emotions control your actions and learning. Role playing and conversations help students SEE what they should do and helps to reshape behaviors.
Think of the students you serve and how they are unable to self regulate–what do they need? Post your ideas for class meetings below!