There are a number of students in my GCSE class that have behavioural issues and if they feel uncomfortable they can do anything from storm out of the classroom to throwing chairs and punching their tables. They’re great kids, they just dont always see the light at the end of the tunnel and when they are in stressful situations they dont know what to do other than lash out sometimes. They are 10 months away from their final exams and the pressure is being mounted on them in every aspect of their school lives.
Last week one of the students saw me making little origami stars. Its something I do when I’m feeling anxious to help me focus on something else. He asked if I could show him how to make them. He had been clenching his fists all lesson, which I’ve noticed is a tell that he is struggling to retain composure. I gave him a strip of paper and talked it through with him. Soon half of the class were asking me to show them. They all picked it up really quickly.
After about five minutes and about 8 stars later, the student sat back down and was in a much calmer and motivated mood for the rest of the lesson. Our next lesson I placed a box of paper strips on my desk and when I saw anyone getting worked up about their work I silently placed a strip in front of them and let them get on with it. The lesson after I was amazed to see that students would go up to the box of their own accord, pick up a few strips and head back to their desks to continue working after calming down.
Yesterday I brought a large jar into the classroom and placed my anxiety stars in there. The boys put their strsss stars in there too. When they fill the jar I’m going to bring sweets into the lesson to celebrate them working hard and working through their problems in a positive manner. I know I’m not the teacher they deserve just yet but I feel like I’ve made a big breakthrough with them.
art therapy is important.
I’m doing a *— GIVEAWAY —* since my bastard book child Ojitos Borrosos is turning 2 years old! This book compiles the “best of” my short comics from 2008 to 2012, and was nominated in 2012 for the Ignatz awards “Best Artist” and “Best Collection”. According to Edie Fake it’s “A simply killer collection of Inés Estrada’s amazing comics - charmed and pervy and smart and totally unpredictable….I can’t say enough good things about these except that you will love them.”
I’m picking one person who will receive a free copy of the book + 2 of my sticker packs. The only rule is to reblog this whole post once! If you cut out the text or reblog more than once you’re out. I’ll announce the winner on April 18.
Thank you and good luck!
almost forgot about this… today is the last day to reblog!! i’ll announce the winner tomorrow so to give you a bit more of time…
love this art
Vincent van Gogh: Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures (Rue de village à Auvers avec escalier et personnages), 1890, oil on canvas, 49.8 x 70.1 cm, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, source: wikipaintings.org.
Friendship, California, and The Vacationers are all novels that are coming out in the next few months, all written by women I admire, all younger than I am, and all absolutely wonderful books I wholeheartedly recommend.
It makes me feel really, really good and happy about the world. A pre-order spree might make you feel good and happy too.
check out these authors
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