Written and Illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean
When our brains are frustrated, stressed, sad or angry, our amygdala takes over and tells us to freeze, fight or flee. As students watch the glitter settle in their jar, their brains calm down and their amygdala opens, allowing them to think clearly and make good choices rather than reacting impulsively. Students will walk away with another tool in their self-regulation toolkit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Teacher: “When the glitter jar sits, the glitter settles peacefully at the bottom. You can see through it. Imagine that the glitter represents our thoughts. When we are angry or upset (shake the bottle), our thoughts are swirling around and we are not able to think clearly. Watch the glitter as it swirls. It always settles. As you concentrate on the glitter, notice your mind settling, too. When the glitter returns to the bottom of the jar, you will feel calmer and are able to think more clearly. Try even in-even out breathing as you watch your glitter settle.”