Kristie Guerriero


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About Me

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My name is Kristie Guerriero. I graduated with my Bachelors in Childhood/Special Education in 2018. After graduating I was a permanent substitute. Last year, I accepted a position as a 6th grade Special Education Teacher (8:1 +1). I am currently in the same school, however, I will be moving down to 2nd grade (8:1 +1). This is a building specifically focused for students that require behavioral support. Currently, I am in the CDIT program through the University at Albany and only have 2 more classes to take before receiving my Masters.

As a third year teacher, I have now grown to love and take special interest in learners that need extra social emotional support. Due to this, my research interests include mental health, social emotional learning, and ways to support families at home. I have quickly learned that the role of the teacher goes beyond the classroom and the student. When a school is able to help a family, the outcome for the learner is often much more positive.

Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time outdoors walking on the beach or around by the docks. Recently, I have developed a great interest in mindfulness so I love to take 5 minutes throughout the day to center my thoughts and mind.

My Topic and Purpose


The intent of this course is to show educators how to use the Zones of Regulation to meet the social emotional needs of their learners.

Topics that will be addressed:

  • What are the Zones of regulation?
  • How do you teach ‘feelings’?
  • How do you teach coping skills?
  • What resources can you give to families?

Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content

Instructors will be able to:

  • identify teaching methods for each zone. (Verbal and Intellectual Skill)
  • identify and list different feelings with the corresponding zone. (Verbal and Intellectual Skill)
  • identify coping skills for each zone. (Verbal and Intellectual Skill)
  • apply their knowledge of the zones in their classroom. (intellectual and Cognitive Strategy)
  • choose to use the zones to benefit their students social emotional health both in and out of the classroom. (Attitude)

Needs Assessment

Instructional problem: The need for instructors to provide students with a curriculum that helps them identify and regulate their emotions.

The nature of what is to be learned:

Instructors will learn how to teach students how to identify feelings, coping skills for those feelings, and be given resources to help parents at home.

About the learners:

Participates will be instructors who are either in a teacher education program for elementary/special education or are currently teachers in the field of elementary/special education. Therefore, instructors will have an interest in students and student learning. In order to provide instructors with materials to use after completing this course, google platforms will be used for examples and other materials for this course. The instructors are choosing to take this course, therefore they are intrinsically motivated to take this course.  

Instructional content:

Each unit will be presented in a similar format. Units will start with an overview of objectives and learning targets followed by educational videos or notes. Throughout the units, instructors will participate in several activities to practice and show learning towards the objectives. These activities will be a mix of discussion based and interactive activities that promote and meet the needs for all learners. After each unit, participants will complete and “Exit Ticket,” to demonstrate understanding and readiness to continue on. 

The instructional content of this lesson will mainly include google formats and WIKI.

Activities for this course are designed around modeling, using real-life examples and activities to promote knowledge. Instructors will participate in learning centered activities and use ideas from learning as a social process in order to construct new ideas and build on prior knowledge.

Explore instructional problem/solution:

Instructors will be able to explain and implement the Zones of Regulation into their classroom. Within teacher education programs, there is a lack of training with how to teach social emotional skills in the classroom. Therefore, this course will give a brief overview on how to teach social emotional learning. Instructors will leave this course with materials and knowledge to use immediately in their classroom.

Generate goals:

The overall goal of this course is for instructors to feel confident with implementing social emotional learning into their classroom so that it meets the mental health needs of their learners.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Analysis of the learner: This course will be used for teachers and seeking knowledge about the Zones of Regulation and how to effectively use it in their classroom. Instructors will become knowledgeable on feelings, coping skills, implementation at home and in the classroom. This course will be used to help instructors teach both parents and students about their feelings and how to regulate them.

Context for Instruction: This mini-course will be presented in an online format, therefore, instructors will need the following: access to stable internet, a laptop/iPad, and google suites.

Performance-Based Objectives

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  • Instructors will demonstrate an understanding of the Zones of Regulation, by matching emotions to each zone.
  • Instructors will classify feelings, by identifying and explaining examples of different feelings.
  • Instructors will match coping skills to each zone and explain how to teach (1) coping skill.
  • Instructors will create a resource for parents/guardians detailing how the zones can be used at home.

Task Analysis

Click on the unit to complete the lessons correlated with the unit.

Unit 1: What are The Zones of Regulation?

• Instructors will define The Zones of Regulation.

• Instructors will identify the four Zones with the overarching theme for each zone.

Unit 2: What are different ways to help students identify their feelings in the classroom?

• Instructors will identify different emotions and a strategy to teach that emotion to a learner.

•Instructors will decide and implement a teaching strategy to help students identify their own emotions.

Unit 3:What are coping skills and how do you teach them to students?

•Instructors will define and identify coping skills.

•Instructors will decide to implement a teaching strategy for a coping skill.

Unit 4: How can parents/guardians use the Zones of Regulation at home?

• Instructors will identify a list of strategies/supports using the Zones of Regulation at home.

•Instructors will create a resource for parents/guardians that will help them use the Zones of Regulation at home.

Curriculum Map

Click on the PDF to access the map. File:Curriculum Map- The Zones in the Elementary Classroom .pdf

References and Resources

Blair, C. (2003). Self-Regulation and School Readiness. Self-Regulation and School Readiness. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from

Holinger, P. (2016, March 21). What Are Feelings? Retrieved November 27, 2020, from

Jagoda, J. A., Refaeli, R., Freer, J. J., & Döring, A. K. (2017, December 22). How Do Emotions Work? Retrieved November 27, 2020, from


Kuypers, L. (2011). COVID-19 Teaching Resources. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from

Kuypers, L. (2011). Learn More about the Zones. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from

Shelton, C. M., & Stern, R. (2004). Understanding emotions in the classroom: Differentiating teaching strategies for optimal learning. Port Chester, NY: Dude Pub.

Smout, K. (2017, May 21). Helping Kids deal with Negative Emotions in the Classroom. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from deal-with-negative-emotions-in-the-classroom


Lesson 2 Blue Zone Video:

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Lesson 2 Red Zone:

Kids Meditation:

Cosmic Kids yoga use for home: