Prospect Students Learn to Harness Emotions with Toolbox
November 1, 2016 – Prospect Elementary School’s counselor Matt Engel has a hand gesture to identify each of the 12 tools described in The Toolbox Project. When fifth-graders wander into the classroom he is about to teach a lesson in, he stands at the ready with one hand on his chest as a sign of comfort and calm, and begins by demonstrating the listening tool with a two finger tapping motion near his ear.
1. Breathing Tool – I calm myself and check-in.
2. Quiet/Safe Place Tool – I remember my quiet/safe place.
3. Listening Tool – I listen with my ears, eyes and heart.
4. Empathy Tool – I care for others. I care for myself.
5. Personal Space Tool – I have a right to my space and so do you.
6. Using Our Words Tool – I use the “right” words in the “right” way.
7. Garbage Can Tool – I let the little things go.
8. Taking Time Tool – I take time-in and time-away.
9. Please & Thank You Tool – I treat others with kindness and appreciation.
10. Apology & Forgiveness Tool – I admit my mistakes and work to forgive yours.
11. Patience Tool – I am strong enough to wait.
12. Courage Tool – I have the courage to do the “right” thing.