"Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.
Mirror in block area.
The 7 S of PBL
Photos of how areas should look when they are tidy.
6 Education Theorists that All Teachers Should Know, more teacher cheat sheets here: https://goo.gl/G79p1D
Edutopia member @RusulAlrubail breaks down project-based learning design.
Learning goal in picture frame-- use dry erase on the glass. Have spots to hang scale underneath when needed? Hmm, I like. Put the frames on bulletin board, in a line down whiteboard, hmm
I like the simplicity of this... it would keep students from crowding around on a shelf if I had a few of these. Awesome blog!!
Movement Activities/Games-Have teacher sing every part except animals name and ask the kids what animal they think s/he described