The following are writing prompts and discussion topics you can use to help students think about dealing with emotions.
When a tea kettle is heating up water steam builds up inside. If too much steam builds up, the kettle can become noisy and shaky. People can react the same way. If they are very upset, they can become out of control and need to release some of their emotion (blow off steam) before they can deal with a problem. Does this idea make sense to you? Why or why not?
One idea for people to blow off steam is to have a private “fuss place” where they can rant and rave (yell, punch pillows, cry, etc.) to release some of their emotions. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?
Do you think it would be a good idea to have a private fuss place at school – a place where students could blow off steam when they are upset – a place where they would not hurt themselves, others, or any property. Explain your yes or no answer.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
- For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.
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