Zones of Regulation
In order to help students identify and manage their behaviors, Ozark Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center and the four elementary schools are utilizing The Zones of Regulation® curriculum (or “The Zones” for short). The Zones of Regulation focuses on self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. Here is a summary of what the curriculum consists of:
- The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones, as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in.
- The Zones is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when a student plays on the playground or in a competitive game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the library.
- It is important to note that everyone experiences all of the Zones – the Red and Yellow Zones are not “bad” zones. All of the zones are expected at one time or another. The Zones of Regulation is intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment.
- It is important for us to use a common language here at school as well as at home.
- This chart helps us to do this.
We are looking forward to collaborating with you during your child’s time with us at Ozark Schools.
How Zones are used in the classroom
Behavior and academic interventionists were new positions Ozark School District added in the 2021-22 school year to help overcome the learning gaps that lingered from the COVID pandemic. Each Ozark elementary school has an academic interventionist and a behavior interventionist with a combined goal to help students succeed.