Cultivating an environment that sustains the learning outcomes of every child
Calming Tent Space for General Education Classroom
Designate a spot in your classroom for the tent
Should be free of distractions/ only tools to support regulation to be in the tent
Within sight of the teacher
Provides some privacy for the student
Should NEVER be used as a punishment or consequence
The message should be that the tent is a positive place to go to help students become regulated
Teachers can invite or suggest students to use tent
I see you are (upset, frustrated, too excited, etc.) why don’t you go to the tent to take a break.
I see your body is (fidgety, can’t sit still, dysregulated) why don’t you go to the tent to help regulate your body.
Students can ask to use the tent when they feel dysregulated
Teachers can model how to use the space if they are feeling frustrated or dysregulated
Teaching – Read through the Taking a Break In the Tent Book
Explain to students reasons that they may want/need to take a break
They may recognize that they feel anxious, nervous, frustrated, angry, overly excited, etc.
Teacher may recognize they are anxious, nervous, frustrated, angry, overly excited, etc. (explain that this is not a punishment and that you are trying to help them)
Define this as being dysregulated
Define regulation and explain that this is the goal of a tent
Explain to students that they can communicate to you that they need to use the space or you may suggest they use the tent. This can be done:
With visual cue (Use the Break Card, you can even shrink the break schedule and put in on the back of the break card)
Show students where the tent is in your room
Show students where the visual tool to help them calm down will be
Practice the process with the class
It is important for them to recognize that they need to take slow deep breaths
Have them identify how they feel after following the visual tool
Point out that if they don’t feel calm after going through the process they should go through it again. If they still don’t feel calm they should signal the teacher that they need help but continue looping through the process until the teacher gets there.
Explain to students that once they are regulated they should return to class.
They should not be in the tent for an extended amount of time.
The intention is to help their body feel regulated so that they can rejoin the class.