I can’t do this! It’s so difficult! I just want to give up!
But, I cannot give up! I can’t just continue to get frustrated and overwhelmed. All I have to do is take this one step at a time. I have to stay disciplined to finish this before school tomorrow. Since I’m not getting this right now, I’m going to first look through my textbook and take notes.
Wait! I’m actually starting to understand this now! Graphing, substitution, and elimination make perfect sense! I can do this! I know how to solve systems of equations!
Now, all I have to do is complete this homework, that's 25 questions! This is going to take forever! But, I must stay calm. I’ve got this. All I have to do is take each problem step by step. Even though it seems overwhelming now, I know that I can do this, especially if I continue to regulate my emotions.
THE NEXT DAY AT SCHOOL
Ok, everyone, it’s time to go over last night’s homework. Dave, what did you get for problem #1?
The solution is (2.5, 4).
Correct Dave! I can see that you've been studying!
Yeah, I have Mrs. Carter, I took your advice and chose to use self-regulation, rather than just letting my emotions getting the best of me!