The Combo Zone: Responding to the Stress Instead of the Behavior

I have been subbing here and there to stay current and realistic when training teachers on student behaviors. I teach how to respond to students' nervous system states rather than individual behaviors. I'm no virtuoso on this myself, as you will see. He had tense shoulders. That could have been the first clue that I was dealing with was stress response. Trying to get this kid to whisper was putting me into a power struggle, and I was having a hard time holding myself in the Neurorelational paradigm. The truth is, I am still a baby in this teaching, too. The trick is to give ourselves the permission to not know what to do, and to learn from our mistakes later. Eye level with this 5th grader,

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