In the moment
Try to engage with the child one-on-one asking the rest of the class to continue on, or switch to some ‘chill time’ activity – quiet reading, colouring, anything you can think of in the moment!
Dr Dan Siegal who's behind a lot of the 'brain information' we have available now, says you have to “Name it to tame it” so in the moment, name their emotion – “I'm wondering if you're angry because….” Or “I notice you're looking pretty angry and you might also be sad because...”
Offer them time-in with you, be near them and as they calm down re-engage them in the classroom 'chill-time' activity.
If the angry behaviour is too big to manage and threatens the safety of others, employ your school procedure and when things are calm, try some planning as outlined below.
As well as this, all teachers have their special strengths. If you have a teacher in your school with the amazing ability to ‘calm tarariki down’ seek their expertise and advice.
Oh, and go easy on yourself! You’re here because you care and want to do the best you can in the circumstances. Take a deep breath, internally high-five yourself (we’d give you one if we could!!) for self reflecting, thinking things through and looking for new solutions to try.