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Personal Space

Teachers will often say to students “mind your personal space” when it comes to lining up at the door, sitting in a circle, playing a game, or generally keeping their hands and bodies to themselves. Children like to touch as a way to connect and communicate with each other. However, touch is not always welcome by every individual or in every situation. While personal space is important when it comes to maintaining physical safety and comfort in the classroom, it must also be taught so students understand bodily autonomy, respectful engagement, and consensual touch. It is important that students learn cues regarding personal space from their own level of comfort and that of others. This video shares a few activities that can be explored with students so they can develop a greater understanding of personal space. It is a low risk approach to engage students in an important conversation.

 

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