Today we are looking at anger control in the classroom. Please leave a comment about your ways of resolving it. Children can feel anger in the classroom and teachers need to find ways of reducing and removing anger in their class.
The first is the classroom itself. Is the room too hot or too cold? The perfect all round temperature for happy children is 22c. At this perfect temperature children are at their happiest and most open to learning.
The next thing is too look at the walls of your classroom, are they to loud, active or busy. These can cause a child to get distracted. This then means they cannot fully follow a lesson. Frustration leads to anger.
Anger Control starts with who is sitting next to who.
The next is seating. Look at who triggers who in the classroom and give as much distance as you can between them. The fewer the triggers the better.
Then it comes to teacher awareness. Get out of that comfy chair and get moving around the class like a snake. Behaviour improves when the teacher is close up and watching all kids and their efforts like a hawk.
This also extends to break times. Make sure that break time squabbles and arguments are resolved quickly and not brought back into the classroom to blow up later.
Peace Out With Jamie really improved the atmosphere in my classroom.
My amazing discovery this year was a series of YouTube videos called Peace Out by Jamie. She is this awesome yoga / mindfulness teacher with a super relaxing voice I have timetables her into my day – 15 minutes per day, and it really does chill out a classroom after break and lunch. My children are now much more able to focus in the early afternoon than before.
Then it comes to the students themselves. They need to be taught anger management skills. These can involve breathing slowly, counting quietly or doing some alternative activity such as mindfulness colouring for a short period of time.
In addition, if the anger is related to achievement, these need to be addressed, such as targeting their basic English or maths skills. This is another reason I am a massive fan of Big Maths. The tests are broken into small achievable units, so children can constantly see their own improvements. They can also see where they can focus to help themselves get over that line of understanding.
In addition, anger from outside the classroom, is much harder to deal with. We have citizenship and PSHE lessons but I’ve never been convinced they have much of a lasting impact. You must remember that a teacher has only a mere 3-5% influence on a kid’s academic success. 70-80% is directly due to the ideas and attitudes of the parents. By the age of 4, the basic ideas of how a kid will live his or her life has already been laid out.
If is also worth chatting to the school child psychologist to see if they can intervene to help a child with their anger control issues.
Controlling your anger also applies to other teaching staff.
The ideas of anger control extend also to staff. There will be people who will just do annoying things. These can be the management, who are focusing on issues you are unaware of. Or fellow teachers who have their own agendas. The key here is communication. Keeping open, clear communication will keep the levels of anger at bay.
If you feel angry and have a quiet 5 minutes, there is a gun way of reducing your anger. Do the super hero pose. You simply stand in a locked toilet cubicle of an empty classroom, legs apart, hands on your waist. You try as much as you can to stand like superman or wonder woman. Apparently, when you stand like this, your brain releases a load of different hormones which actually get you calm and physically alert. You then go onto face your problems and resolve the issues.