Sometimes you just need to take a breather. This is the science-based philosophy being adopted throughout Blacklick Elementary as the school institutes calming corners throughout the school for students.
Last year, the staff at the elementary school began studying the idea of Conscious Discipline and its benefits to the learning environment. Beginning at the start of this school year, every room in the school is now equipped with a calming corner – offering students a chance to pause, collect themselves and manage their emotions. Even the gym, music room, art room and library have safe spaces.
“Everyone needs a break from time to time,” said Principal Kristen Groves. “This gives the students a chance to self-regulate so they can be the best learners they can be.”
Whether they are stressed over an assignment, getting frustrated with a peer or just are having trouble focusing, students are encouraged to take a few moments to visit the calming corner. They are taught to identify what “zone” they are in and then utilize one of the many strategies to bring them back to a place where they are calm and ready to learn.
- Red: Angry, Terrified, Out of Control
- Yellow: Excited, Frustrated, Worried, Wiggly
- Blue: Sad, Tired, Bored
- Green: Calm, Happy, Focused, Ready to Learn