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  • PS 96 Richard Rodgers
  • Bronx, NY
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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A calm-down corner is a place for angry, upset or frustrated children to go to engage their minds and release their anger. The purpose of a calming corner is to help support self-regulation while keeping students in the classroom if they need a break from instruction time or a group activity. Classrooms today tend to be very busy and can become overwhelming for students. The academic expectations have grown so much since years ago, and a lot of the time students are dealing with internal emotional issues aside from the stress of mastering new curriculums. I have learned that the best way to help students who are frustrated is to keep them in my classroom so that they can feel comfortable and can cool down. My goal is to create an area where they can go to take a quick break and reset their minds. Furthermore, there is no student (or adult!) that truly enjoys sitting in a hard plastic chair for 5-6 hours a day. The typical plastic chairs cause discomfort and distractions to students, especially those with special needs. Students need to be able to move around during the day - flexible seating options are the perfect way to accomplish this while still delivering academic lessons. It is proven that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance and improved behavior. Just the movement from the desk to the calm corner will increase oxygen and blood flow keeping the students more alert and engaged. Some kids are just more successful if they can sprawl out on a rug or recline, wiggle, or rock in a chair. Flexible seating options will give my students the opportunity to make responsible choices, participate in classroom discussion, and collaborate with peers.

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A calm-down corner is a place for angry, upset or frustrated children to go to engage their minds and release their anger. The purpose of a calming corner is to help support self-regulation while keeping students in the classroom if they need a break from instruction time or a group activity. Classrooms today tend to be very busy and can become overwhelming for students. The academic expectations have grown so much since years ago, and a lot of the time students are dealing with internal emotional issues aside from the stress of mastering new curriculums. I have learned that the best way to help students who are frustrated is to keep them in my classroom so that they can feel comfortable and can cool down. My goal is to create an area where they can go to take a quick break and reset their minds. Furthermore, there is no student (or adult!) that truly enjoys sitting in a hard plastic chair for 5-6 hours a day. The typical plastic chairs cause discomfort and distractions to students, especially those with special needs. Students need to be able to move around during the day - flexible seating options are the perfect way to accomplish this while still delivering academic lessons. It is proven that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance and improved behavior. Just the movement from the desk to the calm corner will increase oxygen and blood flow keeping the students more alert and engaged. Some kids are just more successful if they can sprawl out on a rug or recline, wiggle, or rock in a chair. Flexible seating options will give my students the opportunity to make responsible choices, participate in classroom discussion, and collaborate with peers.

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