District Administration January 2020 - 19

SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety,
and Violence in the Classroom
Creating calm, positive learning environments
A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on November 19, 2019

Ruby Payne

Michael Curl

Acclaimed Author
and Educator

Principal, Kingwood
Middle School

Founder, aha! Process

Humble ISD (Texas)

Meeting students' emotional needs is essential to breaking
cycles of poverty and creating positive school climates.
Disciplinary approaches that spur healthy connections
between adults and students, and ensure that kids feel a
sense of safety and belonging in school, are also key.
In this web seminar, Ruby Payne, author of Emotional
Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger,
Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom, and Michael
Curl, a middle school principal at Humble ISD in Texas,
discussed how administrators can keep the school
environment calm and positive, and outlined strategies
for reducing shame, anger, and emotional stress.

Ruby Payne: It's difficult to change behavior, but it's fairly
easy to change the motivation for behavior. It's about
strategies. All emotional wellness is based on two things:
safety and belonging. Emotions are pretty simple. You're
either moving toward something, or you're moving away
from it or attacking it. Many of the students we see most
frequently are actually not sick or bad; they are injured.
What happens in many schools is simply this: A student
will have an in-your-face explosion, and the educator will
react similarly, and then you have two people in the room
like that. The bottom line: It's chaos. Alternatively, my book
has several calming and regulation strategies. Then, it
moves on to what the behavior is.
The book also addresses the emotional "classroom
dance." What's happening in the classroom that creates
this emotional noise? The book looks at issues such as the

energy level that adults bring into a situation. For many
people, there's a discrepancy between the energy and
the emotional responsibility, and that's when worry and
anxiety impact the classroom.
Michael Curl: If children are reacting in ways that are not
traditional, that are irrational, you know that trying to calm
them can be unnerving. But children reacting emotionally
are not thinking about being disrespectful. It's not like they
are making conscious decisions to react the way they do.
We have to help everyone understand that each
reaction is an emotional response to some kind of trigger.
Knowing that, we can provide those who work with
students in crisis a toolkit of strategies. You feel a lot more
confident going into the situation when you know what
you're going to do.
It helps to understand that it's not personal. Children
are not doing this to you for specific reasons. There is a lot
of rationale for why kids lash out and why they react the
way they do to different things.

To watch this web seminar in its entirety, please visit
DAmag.me/ws111919


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