"Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place. Parenting tips.
Consider a separate space in classrooms for students to take a break. Set a timer. Have stress balls, books, paper, crayons, etc. Consider using color/smell/sound so that stress management is a multi-sensory experience.
Take a break corner instead of clip chart. Includes reflective piece which I really like! Help kids understand their feelings/behaviors rather than embarrass. Teaching in Progress: Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again
Create an Anti-Anxiety Kit for Your Child - includes free printable relaxation prompt cards> Could be useful when children are misbehaving from feeling frustrated, angry or stressed. Guide them to the stress kit and invite them to come back after they've