Students may experience a range of emotions over the course of their day at school. They may feel happy, sad, angry, frustrated, excited, or any number of emotions, all in one day. Students, and especially younger children, can struggle to identify and appropriately express their feelings. Learning to recognize different emotions, and manage them appropriately, can help students to better regulate their behaviour, and effectively use their words to share how they are feeling and what they need (Moyses, 2013). The following everyday practices can support educators in teaching students the necessary skills to identify and manage emotions.

Realistic Thinking and Feeling

Division: Intermediate
Purpose: Intermediate students sometimes start to show unhealthy habits of thought.

Mood Diary

Division: All
Purpose: Understanding the connection between thoughts and feelings is a powerful skill to develop.

Growing Happy Feelings

Division: Primary & Junior
Purpose: A metaphor of caring for a flower is used to illustrate how we need to nurture our happy feelings.

Emotion Charades

Division: All
Purpose: To help students practice expressing emotions with their whole body, and recognizing body language and facial expressions in others.

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