Meltdown moments remind me to let my whole class know how proud I am of the way they care for one another…because they do. They really do – because we have worked so hard on our class culture – just like I’m sure you have.
We have built friendships, taught acceptance and forgiveness. We have “used our words” and been “problem solvers” a thousand times by now. So, when these meltdown moments come, I know that I can rely on my students to “forgive and forget”.
I have never had a student made fun of or ostracized for a meltdown/tantrum. Never. And I have had some very, very challenging classes over the years. I have had some classes that had a lot of meltdowns and I have had some classes that needed a lot of help being kind to one another. However, with every single group, I have been able to build a “team” that makes a huge difference in moments like these!
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