Just a simple coffee cup. You don't even need coffee in it.
Someone drinking a cup of coffee just looks relaxed; enjoying the taste of finely ground beans, all while the aroma awakens the senses and the caffeine grabs hold of your receptors.
The idea behind this involved student perception. If students see teachers enter situations with a calm approach (and a cup of coffee) it can immediately change the the entire outlook of the situation. Students pick up on everything. They see, hear, and watch everything. They react to how we interact.
I take my coffee with me everywhere in the building all day long. I've actually used it in situations like this before too. Now there's no scientific proof it works, but the idea behind it is brilliant. Change perception to create a more inviting and positive environment.
Many of you might never have to deal with these situations, but for many this is a weekly occurrence. And one of the most important elements is de-escalating the situation so students can cope and use strategies to be successful.
So have a cup of coffee. It can be good for everyone.
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