Date
24 July 2024

Teach coping strategies

Provide a kete of strategies to help students cope when they are faced with challenges.

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Getting past getting stuck

Getting past getting stuck

Getting stuck can cause frustration and embarrassment.

Introduce istudents to the "learning pit" and support them to learn what to do when they don’t know what to do..

Practise useful strategies

Practise useful strategies

Use the Ata and Oho cards and activities to identify challenges and then develop strategies to navigate them using the Element, Challenge, Context, Impact and Emotion cards.

Respond to ākonga needs

Respond to ākonga needs

Identify areas of need and strengths in your classroom. Offer a kete of coping strategies that ākonga can use when they need them.

For example:

  • Visuals to support calming strategies.
  • Frameworks for understanding emotional states such as the zones of regulation.
  • Language to use when emotions are heightened.
  • Breathing techniques to give time to think and process emotions.
  • Systems for taking time out or a movement break.
  • Protocols for using calming areas.
  • Thinking frameworks to help students to solve problems as they arise such as the learning pit
  • Calming activities box
  • Sensory Kete

Use the A to Z of coping strategies

Use the A to Z of coping strategies

This video, A to Z of coping strategies, has ideas, strategies and techniques to help a young person to cope better if they are experiencing stresses and pressures which are making them feel in crisis.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Foster wellbeing and mental health”:

Return to the guide “Behaviour and learning”

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