This year I was fortunate enough to attend many virtual conferences and PD’s on trauma-informed practices and behavior. I was also lucky enough to have an administration team that supports all my ideas, including making a space for students to move and modulate.
As the year has gone on, I have tuned my movement room based on all the knowledge I have gained. I learned that scheduled breaks also need to be structured breaks! Simple and powerful.
This idea helped develop my Move and Modulate activity pack. It’s designed to provide structure and routine for students that need help modulating.
4 step process
- Gross motor activities to help engage the body and start to regulate muscles and the mind
- Fine motor activities that help students modulate and start to calm down the amygdala
- Thinking activities that gently engage the PFC
- Planning questions that help students reflect on behavior and take the next steps towards engagement
My activity set is designed to be a step by step process in helping students individually or as a whole group move and regulate their bodies and minds. The 4 steps take students through gross motor activities, fine motor activities, gentle engagement of the PFC, and then a mindful and restorative planning process.
1) Move Your Body
These are gross motor activities designed to help students move their bodies and begin to regulate.
The movements should be patterned and predictable. For example, they always go through the same sequence upon entering the movement room or they do the same number each time (5 or 10).
Tip: Try to move synchronously with the student to build the relationship.
2) Modulate Down
3) Activate Thinking
These a brain break activities designed to engage the PFC in a gentle way. They include activities that can ask students to list or name.
Tip: These set can be for whole class, small group, or individual students. Practice with your Tier 2 and Tier 3 students in all settings.
4) Make A Plan
How to use:
The set includes materials to make:
1) Lap books
2) A sensory path
3) Individual packs for individualized breaks
4) Bulletin boards for classrooms
5) Movement /Calming room activities
You can use this 4 step process in a movement room, as a whole class break, or for individuals who need predetermined breaks or a break to help them regulate.