Holding space for big feelings when students are unable to do so on their own yet.
Co-regulation is defined as warm and responsive interactions that provide the support, coaching, and modeling children need to “understand, express, and modulate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors” (Murray et al. 2015, 14). It includes both the preventative actions we take to co-regulate the entire group of students, and the individual actions taken when a child expresses strong emotions. To self-regulate, our students must experience co-regulation with us—often repeatedly—in order to master their regulation skills.