Helping students gain
with Challenging Behavior
control of their emotions
starts with getting to
It was the second day of school, and the 3rd graders were sitting in a circle on the floor, intrigued by the colorful manipulative rods I had just unveiled. I asked the chil-
dren what they knew about the rods,
how they had used them in the past, and
what ideas they had for using them now.
Paulina suggested building a tower. Juan
recalled making staircases in 2nd grade.
Other classmates offered ideas, and the
students listened intently. Then I walked
around the circle, carefully giving each
child a small handful of rods so they
could try out one another’s ideas.