My urban students are some of the most mild mannered teens that you could ever meet. Although they have their individual situations that occasionally have them to act out, at the end of the day, they only want to be loved and cared for. I love their eagerness to succeed and to not be a statistic. I love the fact that they allow me to make them my priority and be the best that they can be. Our school is currently low performing and we have been charged to turn the school around. We believe that with the help of community partners and friends, we will continue to build a strong learning community that encourages high performance and equity in our city.
Our school prides itself on having a culture of inclusion. It’s a place where all types of children come to learn, grow, and feel safe. Our school serves students across the district that require a higher level of support than most. A handful of our students have learning challenges and difficulty regulating and managing their emotions. The sights, sounds, and interactions of everyday school life can prove to be overwhelming and often interrupt their learning experience.
As a forward-thinking school, we want to elevate the level of therapeutic intervention available on campus and provide a space where students can go before they have physical or emotional outbursts.
When students have an outburst, they can lose between one and two hours of learning time while they get themselves back on track. The loss of learning time is why we created a multi-sensory de-escalation room (MSDR). Now, students can go to the room before they lose control, and take approximately 15 minutes to center themselves.
Practicing yoga and taking these mindful pauses throughout the day is like hitting the reset button, for all of us. I
Thanks to that reset button, research stated that one school is seeing results from a yoga based deescalation room. Test scores increased more than 18 percent and the number of students being sent to the office decreased by more than two-thirds over two years. The school’s principal notes that everyone is feeling a greater sense of community, connectedness, and engagement in school.
School-based yoga may also help students cope with negative life events, like troubles at home or getting a low grade in an important class.
We hope to accomplish the same with our fe-escalation room.
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