Learning Center

During the month of March, the Learning Centre focused on regulating emotions and as we move into April our focus has shifted to calming down strategies. Calming down seems simple for most people but once someone has become dysregulated or even angry the task becomes a lot more difficult. If students can focus on the warning signs before becoming angry it can help them calm down and prevent inappropriate behaviours. Things like clinched fists, tightening of the facial muscles and an increased heart rate can all be signs that someone may becoming angry. Once an individual recognizes they are becoming angry, they can apply calming down strategies such as taking deep breaths, thinking happy thoughts or taking a body break. These are just a few strategies that can help students calm down. 

Our focus during the month of April will also be on understanding other people’s perspectives when we act out inappropriately. When we act out inappropriately it may seem like the only person it affects is ourselves but this simply isn’t true. The people around us are also affected and depending on the behaviour this could be a negative effect. It’s important that we teach our student’s this so that they can understand; their actions may be affecting the people around them. A student’s inappropriate actions may have unexpected consequences on some of their peer relationships which is why it’s important that we understand other people’s perspectives. ​

The Learning Centre is excited to announce the arrival of a bunch of new equipment to our learning environment. The white fluorescent bulbs found in most schools have been known to cause stress and anxiety in some students which is why the Learning Centre has covered them up with calming coloured shades that will hopefully improve our student’s academic performances. In addition to the shades the Learning Centre was also equipped with a new trampoline that will be provided to any student in the Learning Centre that requires a body break.

Secondly, the Learning Centre will be focusing on regulating our emotions moving into the month of March. When students become dysregulated it can disrupt their daily schedules, their learning and their relationships, which is why the Learning Centre has put emphasis on regulating our emotions. The tool being used to teach our students how to regulate their emotions is called “Zones of Regulations” which takes almost every human emotion and categorizes them into different coloured zones. For example, if you were feeling happy, you’d be in the Green Zone. There are four zones: Red, Green, Yellow and Blue and depending on how someone is feeling they can identify with one of the four zones. Our goal along with the Zones of Regulation is to provide our students with the tools and strategies needed to help them regulate their emotions throughout their daily routine.

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