Zones of Regulation

posted Sep 19, 2014, 8:14 AM by Woody Belt
We have started out the year in K-3 using a curriculum called Zones of Regulation.  

Students were first introduced to a chart of 4 different colors and some descriptors for each color. The goal with the chart is to help students identify their state of alertness. 

Blue is a low state of sad, tired, and/or sick, SLOW

Green is the ideal state where the student is calm happy, focused and ready for learning. They are GOOD TO GO

YELLOW is a heightened state where a person is feeling frustrated, some stress, excitement, and/or silliness. They are about to loose control. CAUTION

Red is an extremely heightened state where the student is angry, enraged, explosive, elated and/or loss of control. STOP

Students are expecting teachers to ask about the zone. So ask a student what zone they feel they are in or tell them "I think you are in ______ zone."  The goal is to help the students pick up on the connection between the zone and their behavior/feeling/level of alertness at that moment.

Students learned the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors and how those unexpected behaviors can cause others to change the zone they are in (green to yellow due to being worried about the other person's behavior) and what we think of someone when they are in Red or Yellow. Are they someone who has expected behaviors? Can I feel safe with that person?

We introduced and practiced some tools to help as a whole class (brain breaks or refresher) and as individuals to keep in the green or get back to being in the green zone. One of the biggest tool is breathing with our stomachs and doing so slowly like blowing bubbles. 

Lastly the students have explored thoughts and identifying big vs little problems and how this relates to our zones.

If you are interested in any materials we are using in the school, let me know!!