In the moment
It can be tempting to say “calm down!” in a stricter tone to an excited child, particularly when they are shrieking or squealing! Try and explain what is happening in this time and place i.e. “I can see that you are super excited, you will have to tell me about it, however I am doing …..right now (or the class is doing…..right now). How about doing…..(an errand) and then you can share your excitment with me when you get back.”
Another alternative for tamariki who struggle to wait, you could express your feeling more explicitly. Try: “I understand you're feeling super excited however I'm feeling a bit frustrated right now as I have this to complete. How about telling…(another child) about your news/why you are so excited and I will come and talk to you about it after I've finished this.”
If you name the child's feeling, and note the difference/discrepancy to your own, or the class, then you're providing prompts that this is not the time or place. Tamariki also learn that they have options to adjust these big emotions and you're always willing to reconnect in a positive way with them afterwards.”
Another options to try in the moment is to engage with the child one-on-one asking the rest of the class to continue, or switch to some ‘chill time’ activity – quiet reading, colouring, anything you can think of in the moment, that will involve tamariki being still and calm.
Either way, keep your excitable student near you as you give out any generalised instructions.
If needed, be clear with your excitable student that it’s time to take some time to chill out and calm down and if need be help them with this for now – deep breaths will help (you and them!). Praise them as they calm down.