Student Contributor: D. Johnson
Dr. Emotion is a puppet that can be used during community circles to address difficult situations involving emotions. Emotions affect our lives from day-to-day to moment-by-moment and sometimes we struggle with how to deal with our emotions.
Dr. Emotion is a puppet that helps address dealing with our emotions and how to deal with them using a puppet, the puppet is supposed to be used as a tool to help address different emotions and how to deal with them without singling out anybody. The puppet helps address student behavior using a puppet as an example and helps make dealing with our complex emotions simpler by addressing a puppet who has feelings. Keep in mind when using the puppet make sure to treat the puppet as a person so as to give the situations more realistic and to keep the discussion personal but not use people to demonstrate those emotions. I really liked this tool because it lets kids practice empathy too with the puppet and allows students to try and help the puppet with their emotions before practicing those ideas with their own emotions.
I chose to categorize Dr. Emotions as a corrective phase tool because using the puppet allows for these complex emotions to be more theoretical and less serious for the students, yet we are using the puppet to address issues students may have when dealing with their personal emotions. This tool can be used in various ways and could be used to help with support or the preventative phase, it just depends on how you want to use the puppet and what situations you want the puppet to address for the class. I also chose this tool as teacher-directed collaborative because this tool is directed by the teacher and is addressing issues that the teacher may see in the classroom that the students may not see as an issue.
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Tool Source: Carroll College- Integration of Drama in The Classroom