My best learned lesson are taught to me through my own children. Recently, my son has been feeling anxious. I would say, “Don’t worry about that” or “That seems silly to think that”. What I have now learned is I was dismissing something that was real and scary to him. I was failing at acknowledging his fear and his feelings. These feelings were causing restless nights, panic during swim practices, and the inability to be the best he could be in class. It was time for me to learn as much as I could in order to help him.
Through research and counseling, I learned a wealth of knowledge about how to not only help my son but possibly strategies that could translate into the classroom to help create a socially and emotionally literate classroom. One technique that has helped my son and I hope will help teachers is called,
Name it, Claim it, and Tame it.
The “Name it, Claim It, Tame it” technique basically helps the child:
- identify the feeling
- own the feeling
- find ways to handle the feeling
Rebecca Comizio and Dr. Lynne Kenney talk about using the “Name It, Claim It, Tame It” technique for identifying, recognizing and talking about feelings and how to deal with them in two short videos on this website.
They also shared this task card to help teachers use this strategy in their classrooms:
As for my son, we use this technique to bring him to the present moment. It prepares him for the task at hand. It allows him to be ready for important events in his life like sleeping, swimming, and learning.
If you want students who are ready to live in the present and be ready to learn, try this technique…you might be surprised at the results!
Thanks for reading. Carpe Diem!