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Individual Spaces


Having space where students can go supports Self-regulation and individual deliberate practice. This individual space serves as a place for students to focus on their work or take care of their emotional needs, rejoining the group when they are ready.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these elementary school teachers introduce the idea of taking a break in the classroom. By discussing different reasons for needing to take a break in an individual space, they highlight how this is a strategy to help all students calm down and refocus.

  • Teachers can establish quiet spaces in the classroom with supplies such as pencils, paper, models, and resource books to support student practice. In particular, teachers can provide review materials so students can interweave practice of both old and new material (formally interleaving).
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Mindfulness apps, like Settle Your Glitter, support emotional regulation for learners. By simulating a glitter jar, learners can shake their tablet, watch the glitter settle, and regain control of their Emotions.

  • Products can provide calming techniques, such as breathing exercises, listening to soothing music, and viewing serene photos or videos, to support Self-regulation. By allowing learners to elect when to use such techniques, products help students develop their own abilities to regulate their Emotions and gain a better understanding of themselves.
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