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  • Central Elementary School
  • Palmyra, VA
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Part of my role as a school counselor is to provide students with coping strategies and techniques to help them manage strong emotions. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is one strategy that is very useful in self-regulation. I would like to create a classroom calming corner for each classroom at Wenonah. Classrooms are the primary space for students to learn and can be a stable environment to promote and protect students from extraneous factors that may impact their ability to learn, particularly for students facing risk (e.g., poverty, homelessness, trauma & related stressors). A classroom calming corner is a quiet area of the room equipped with soft furnishings and soothing materials to help a student de-escalate when upset. The purpose of a calming corner is for students to briefly get away from the frustrating task or over-stimulating activity to de-escalate. When students are in the calming corner space, the goal is to give the student “time away” so that the behavior does not escalate any further. The calming corner is a positive place that rewards students for noticing that they are feeling emotionally dis-regulated and using strategies to calm themselves so that learning can occur (The Watson Institute, 2017). The calming corner should be a safe place where a student can go to calm down using pre-taught strategies for a short amount of time (The Watson Institute, 2017). Generally, the maximum amount of time spent in a calming corner should be around 10 minutes; consider developmental needs when setting up the expectations for your classroom’s calm corner. The 10 minute sand timers would be perfect for students to monitor their time spent in the calming corner.

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Part of my role as a school counselor is to provide students with coping strategies and techniques to help them manage strong emotions. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is one strategy that is very useful in self-regulation. I would like to create a classroom calming corner for each classroom at Wenonah. Classrooms are the primary space for students to learn and can be a stable environment to promote and protect students from extraneous factors that may impact their ability to learn, particularly for students facing risk (e.g., poverty, homelessness, trauma & related stressors). A classroom calming corner is a quiet area of the room equipped with soft furnishings and soothing materials to help a student de-escalate when upset. The purpose of a calming corner is for students to briefly get away from the frustrating task or over-stimulating activity to de-escalate. When students are in the calming corner space, the goal is to give the student “time away” so that the behavior does not escalate any further. The calming corner is a positive place that rewards students for noticing that they are feeling emotionally dis-regulated and using strategies to calm themselves so that learning can occur (The Watson Institute, 2017). The calming corner should be a safe place where a student can go to calm down using pre-taught strategies for a short amount of time (The Watson Institute, 2017). Generally, the maximum amount of time spent in a calming corner should be around 10 minutes; consider developmental needs when setting up the expectations for your classroom’s calm corner. The 10 minute sand timers would be perfect for students to monitor their time spent in the calming corner.

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