We often use puzzles with young students, but aren’t aware of the ‘hidden benefits’ for all students (including teens and adults!). By having a puzzle laid out on a table (or in a puzzle tray), it’s an open invitation to join, to be part of a collaborative task. The simple act of looking for a piece, searching for the matching colors - one’s brain becomes distracted and our energy shifts. For many students this ‘transition activity’ can make a big difference when dealing with emotionally charged situations, puzzles offer a break. Sitting side-by-side with a student can also provide a good context for intervention, making the experience less vulnerable.