How to Teach Students Who Struggle with Self Control

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Misbehavior happens in the classroom. From time to time, it happens to every teacher or principal. You can get angry, or you can make progress.

how to teach students who struggle with self control

With this in mind, Dr. Reggie Melrose explains a reason for some of the most difficult behavior. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, emotional dysregulation occurs in around 5% of students in the United States. Furthermore, 8% of kids with emotional dysregulation are from lower income or disadvantaged homes.

Emotional dysregulation impacts not only the child and you as the teacher. If you don't know how to respond, it can negatively affect your entire classroom. We must remember that when we interact with students, our entire class watches.

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Dr. Reggie points out that many times we teachers just focus only on changing student behavior. Understandably, we just try to relieve the problem. If we're going to make progress, however, we must move past just changing behavior.

For example, instead of focusing on the “to do” list with misbehaving students, we have to concentrate on the “to be” list. This tip is one of many pointers that Dr. Reggie Melrose gives in today's show. If you're struggling with behavior in your classroom, today's show can help.

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Show Notes:

  • We are meant to develop a capacity to regulate emotional state. For some children this eludes them.
  • The nervous system that is dysregulated does need space and time
  • When [children] are experiencing stress and trauma, they need more space and time, they need our compassion, much more than they need our punishment
  • Rather than being a perfect storm, it is a perfect opportunity for Brain Charge
  • It only takes 60 seconds of space and time at the beginning of each day
  • We recognize that we are living in a very stressful time
  • We teach the brain how to regulate itself by taking 60 seconds each day.
Show notes by Lisa Durff. 

Who is Dr. Reggie Melrose?

Psychologist Dr. Reggie Melrose @drmelrose is the best-selling author of The 60 Seconds Fix and creator of Brain Charge™: The K-12 Curriculum. She has authored several other noteworthy resources including the groundbreaking books, You Can Heal Your Child and Why Students Underachieve. She is a well-known international speaker and consultant specializing in the application of current neuroscience to educational practice and parenting.

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