Your child has been learning tools to develop the skills of emotional intelligence; to understand and manage their feelings effectively, to make better decisions, build healthy relationships, and be successful learners.
There are four steps to the Meta Moment that you can see in the diagram below. Please ask your child
Please ask your child to explain how it works.
The Meta-Moment is our tool for teaching children and adults how to recognize and regulate emotions with a lot of energy and unpleasantness (e.g. anger, frustration, fear). The Meta Moment is a process that begins by recognizing or sensing when we are in the RED and choosing to use our breath to calm down. Calming down helps us to think clearly about what we want to do to reach our goals. But simply saying “calm down” doesn’t work if you haven’t developed the skills to do so.
Next, the children identify the qualities about themselves that they are proudest of: their “Best Self.” By identifying these qualities, the children are better able to brainstorm strategies that will be most effective.
Taking a Meta-Moment has helped all us at school to be our Best Selves. Ask your child to explain more about how the Meta-Moment works, and consider using the Meta-Moment as one of your own go-to strategies at home.
As a mom and principal, the meta-moment has helped me tremendously. We look forward to sharing a video blog with you shortly to share more information on the meta-moment and being your BEST SELF.