Self-Regulation and the Zone’s of Regulation

I think a big part of incorporating self-regulation in the classroom, is making sure you set up your expectation and models up in the beginning of the school year. Making sure your students know what you expect from them, and what they should be expecting from each other. Of course, not every teacher decides that socio-emotional education is important, but if you were to decided to teach self-regulating, I think a step in the right direction is socio-emotional education. By teaching students the basics and making sure you model this “proper” behavior and how to recognize their behaviors and deal them. The Zone’s of Regulation is a key concept when teaching students about  self-regulation. Each zone has a color that corresponded to the emotions that they are feeling (Blue- sad, sick, tired, bored. Green – happy, calm, okay, ready to learn. Yellow- frustrated, wiggly, excited, losing control. Red- mad, terrified, out of control, yelling and hitting). By teaching students what each zone means and what their emotions/ feelings correspond to you will be able to incorporate the Zone’s of Regulation in to your classroom. One thing I saw during my observations at Georgia was a thermometer with the zones labeled, so the blue zone was on the bottom (indicating cold) and then the green zone was places directly above, and then the yellow and with red at the top (indicating hot). Each student had a clothes pin with their name on it and each morning they would attached their clothes pin to whatever zone they were  in.  The teacher also added a character to each zone from the movie, “Inside Out”. I thought this was a really good way to connect students to the Zone’s of Regulation, and help them get a better understanding of their emotions they were feeling in the classroom.  I also think its important that the teacher also uses the chart to demonstrate how they are feeling, and that even adults experience all kinds of feelings/ emotions that range all over the spectrum (or thermometer).


2 Replies to “Self-Regulation and the Zone’s of Regulation”

  1. I loved learning about the zones of regulation last year in my practicum class. I thought it was a great way to incorporate self-regulation into the classroom. My teacher started each day off with a greeting circle, where the students would share what zone they were in and why (if they felt comfortable to elaborate). It was a great way for her to see how her class was feeling and what her plan would look like for the day. It also helped the students with conflict resolution.
    I thought the thermometer idea was awesome. It would make for a great tool in my future classroom.
    Great post 🙂

  2. I love how you added how important it is for teachers to also use the zones of regulation in the classroom with the students. I think this is really valuable when helping students understand that having days where you’e not at green is okay and totally normal. I also really liked how the video you attached mentioned how in most zones you “don’t want to stay here too long” because I think it really encourages teachers to provide students with validation and acknowledgment of their feelings, but also strategies for getting out of zones where we don’t want to sit for too long. I wonder what some strategies for teaching this might be?

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