My students come to our charter school from diverse backgrounds and often times the students have had difficulty succeeding in a larger, typical middle school within the district. One of our school goals is to provide experiences that nurture the entire child, in the hopes that they will better succeed academically.
Negative consequences for students who struggle with following rules or reaching high expectations aren't effective with these students.
They react to interesting, different approaches often not present in the schools from which they transfer.
I like to have a variety of ways to impact my students, often trying alternative methods to teach them to develop their own intrinsic value of learning. This is needed in middle school as the students learn to develop strategies to cope with life challenges.
Children need to unlock that mysterious quality teachers call motivation. Children may feel too much pressure to succeed, or may not feel any pressure or guidance at all to succeed. I see yoga as a way to meet my students on another level in my efforts to unlock their desire to learn math. I do yoga a few times per week and believe this is an excellent strategy for students to learn how to cope and gain self-confidence.
I plan on using the yoga mats during detention time to redirect negative, nonproductive behavior to more positive actions.
Many students just need another outlet to find that motivation. Using a growth mindset as our team mission this year, replacing the use of historically negative consequences in detention time with yoga will foster a more positive mindset toward academics.
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