As depicted in the movie “Inside Out” we all experience a variety of emotions that affect how we see the world and how we react to the situation around us. Our school is working to educate students on a variety of feelings and how to self-regulate.
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. -Charles Swindoll
At Peter Boe Jr. Elementary School one of our goals is to create students who are able to self-regulate. Self-regulation has gone by many names over the years, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. The definition for self-regulation is the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses, and to think before you react. A large part of our curriculum focuses on teaching students to understand and recognize their feelings. The most effective way to regulate your actions is to be aware of your feelings and have an understanding of what helps you feel better. In our Zones curriculum feelings are sorted into four different groups according to the state your body is experiencing at any given moment. These categories are:
This zone is used to describe high states of alertness and powerful emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. When in the red zone, a person enters a state where they have lost control of their emotions. A person’s body has a large rush of energy and some might say they feel like they are about to explode.
This zone is also used to describe high states of alertness and powerful emotions; however, a person has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone. We often feel adrenaline entering our body when we are in this zone.
This zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone is ideal for learning and should be where we spend the majority of our time. This is what our body feels like most of the time, the feeling we would associate with feeling “normal.”
This zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored. Most would say that their body has a sluggish feeling in this zone.
Students are taught that each Zone can be compared to traffic signs. The Green Zone, like a green light means “good to go”. In the Yellow Zone we are to take caution, like a yellow traffic sign. A red color means to stop just like we would want to do shortly after entering the Red Zone. The Blue Zone is compared to the rest area signs where people go to get rest or when they need to regain energy. It is important to know that everyone will enter all of the zones. We focus on teaching students how to manage their Zones according to the situation and people around them.