I’m thrilled to have come across this great website tonight. (See link at bottom of post) We all know what it’s like – a student is feeling anxious, upset and needs your attention/support alongside the 30 others. They could be having a complete meltdown and they can’t express what they feel or why they feel that way. But they need you. And you know that they need you.
And as you try to calm the anxious child, you’re also trying to keep the other 30 working on a task/staying out of mischief And it’s hard! I’m relieved to have found these phrases tonight because now I feel I can ask the right questions at the right time and hopefully support the anxious child as they work through their emotions. Thus, not worrying myself about what to do, what questions to ask or worrying that I will ask questions that will trigger further upset/anxiety.
After reading this article (don’t be turned off by the 49 phrases – the article is concise and to the point), I think I will actually print it out and leave it on my noticeboard at school. I’ll highlight the phrases that I feel suit the needs of my students and use them. To me, this is a life saver. I feel I’ve finally been given a framework! If I can ask the right questions at the right time and help an anxious child, then I gladly will.