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Calming Corner Breaks for Mind Body and Soul

By
Beth Perry,   Tilton
Play:
In-Class Physical Activity Breaks — Good For Mind and Body
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation
Students use and practice calming tools to help them relax their minds, bodies and souls each day to start their day and so learning can begin. Students also use these tools during the day for in-class physical activity breaks so they can self-regulate and get back on track. Brain trauma is an issue that students need to work through and learning to self regulate can be a key to their success. These strategies are taught, modeled and practiced at school first. Each day, a Student Ambassador starts their group with these tools before class learning begins. These strategies are then practiced at home, so they can connect what they learn at school to home. We want students to be life long learners and these strategies will help them self regulate at home and school. These strategies will help them relax and are great to use before bedtime, so sleep can happen more successfully. As research has indicated, sleep is a big part of student learning success, so calming strategies can play a part at home and at school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

These calming corner tools are being used daily for students in all our K-2 classrooms currently and students are taking these in-class breaks so they can self-regulate and learning can continue.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

These tools and strategies were taught, modeled and practiced first with adult support and now Student Ambassadors are supporting students to start their day using the tools. Students are seeking these tools independently throughout the day.