Most of us teachers have experienced anger and tension between class members in the classroom at some point. It can be unsettling to other students in the classroom, and dangerous if not dealt with properly and quickly. In my first year of teaching I had an instance that escalated to a violent fight between two boys in my classroom! After that experience, I assured to keep some better strategies up my sleeve to try and prevent a situation like that.
After that day, which left me in tears, I searched for ways to prevent such horrible fights from occurring. While tension and anger between class members can’t be helped, knowing what I knew about the two students I feel that I should have done more besides separate them when I saw the anger rising. So after this experience, here were some strategies that I began using in my classroom to de-escalate an angry child or when tension was rising between class members:
Unfortunately, there may even be the situation where none of these strategies work depending on the individual student; yet still I have found these strategies useful on many occasions to put out potential 'fires' within the classroom.
If you have any other strategies and/or experiences that you would like to share I would love to hear them. Feel free to use the blog comments section down below.
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.