Try these images and tips to help students manage anxiety by understanding the brain

First, have them use the comfort/growth/panic zone model, which gives students a way of articulating and understanding their levels of anxiety or comfort during classroom learning tasks.

One to share with colleagues in school

Every teacher has to deal with students who totally ‘lose it’. Many of these children have experienced trauma from a variety of adverse childhood experiences. This excellent article The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline has practical tips that will help your colleagues understand how best to help.

How the brain works - A lesson for upper KS2 and KS3 on how feelings can take over and get out of control

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This lesson helps pupils understand how the parts of the brain work together in dealing with strong emotions. Children learn what it means to 'lose it' during an emotional hi-jack. There are some great videos and a fun activity where pupils illustrate what the three parts of the brain would look like if they were people!

Take 90

Before violence comes anger, and anger is caused by specific chemicals beginning to be released in the brain. It takes around 90 seconds for these chemicals to dissipate if we make an effort to calm ourselves.

Take: 90 is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to address verbal and physical violence in society by encouraging people in stressful situations to ‘take a moment’ before anger gets the better of them.

The campaign has produced a short film that can help. It’s suitable for older secondary pupils.

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New picture book ideas for Getting On and Falling Out

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For Getting on and Falling out we’ve a new picture book list covering friendship, anger and seeing things from different perspectives .

Resources to help children understand emotions

A few years ago Julie (one of the SEAL Community’s Directors) made some great short films for the BBC’s emotional literacy series, including this one on how the emotional brain can hijack the thinking brain.

Emotional hijack and self regulation

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We've put together here a set of  ‘Fight or flight’ slides on the emotional and thinking parts of the brain from the original SEAL training materials and the classroom resources, plus new stuff on emotional regulation. Suitable for primary children and Y7.


Massive 2016 Getting on and falling out primary resource compendium

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Here we have first some new planning additions to the members’ resources area of the website. We have some Y4 medium term SEAL planning from Jo Taylor, and from Fred Daynes (thank you Fred) PowerPoints of the Y4 and 5 Getting on lessons from the national resources.

For work on friendship, for the Foundation Stage we have a PowerPoint about how to be a SuperFriend, and a set of Reception/KS1 cards for children to fill in after the class have read Tony Ross’ I want a friend (uploaded by Angela Scrivens – thank you!)

Cherokee Indian story about anger

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This is a great Powerpoint for older primary or secondary which will get children thinking about whether to 'feed the monster' of anger.

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This is a visual aid to help children understand how anger can build up then explode

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