This article was originally published in ABC 7 News/WJLA-TV on November 18, 2019.
Teachers at Indian Head Elementary want every child to feel like a superstar and part of achieving that involves learning how to handle emotions.
“Sometimes kids get real angry or real sad and don’t know how to deal with their emotions,” said 10-year-old Emerson Hatton.
Now students know exactly how to do so. Since the start of the school year they’ve been following the Move This World program.
Videos play in the classroom that emphasize 10 emotion strategies that help students work through their emotions and handle conflicts. From deep breathing, to counting to ten, to:
“Smile, give a hug or a fist bump!” the children shouted.
“I think it’s really good because it’s helping you get your expressions out; like telling other people and getting it off your chest and everything,” said fifth grader Manulani Robinson.
Students sat on the floor and expressed what they were proud of in a restorative circle; a practice designed to improve communication and interaction.
“I’m proud that I’m here today,” one fifth grader said.
Indian Head’s principal says empowering students with emotion and conflict management skills has made the school a calmer place.
“There’s going to be times when they don’t agree with each other and teaching them how to do that appropriately is the goal from this program,” said Principal Shane Blandford.
Since 2019, Charles County Public Schools has expanded Move This World to all of its elementary and sixth-grade levels.