Our school is home to the most diverse student body in the state of Oregon. Students from 36 different countries come together to learn, connect and envision the world they want to create. RHS is home to some of the most politically active, socially aware and heartfelt students. They are passionate about engaging in all aspects of the process of their learning, including making sure that school administration includes their voices and perspectives into decisions made about the school.
In our Mindful Studies class, we have created an environment where we learn how to be in community together as we explore the balance between activity, introspection and rest.
In my eyes, they exude many of the inherent qualities needed to be 21st-century leaders. They are grappling with complex ideas around how to engage with oppressive systems and beliefs while standing strong in their worth. Additionally, they are learning the important skill of collaboration and how to create community across difference. With the cultivation of a mindful and positive outlook, I know my students are capable of modeling inherent well being in their families, local communities, and beyond.
The resources requested are instrumental in creating a physical space for pausing in the midst of hectic school days. The Pause Space is meant to be a quiet zone for students and teachers to access when they most need a moment to breathe and reconnect with the beating of their hearts. The room utilizes gentle sensory stimulating objects like the salt lamp, essential oil diffuser, and chimes. Additionally, it is equipped with books and information for quick mindfulness practices to support students and teachers during a busy day.
The room itself follows a model of equity because, at RHS, we see mindfulness as more than a practice to correct behavior or a way to place the onus on students to "be better." We see these practices as essential to thriving and growing in alignment with community health and well being.
Together we support each other in adopting the habits and practices that support collective well being. Together we model care of our self and care for each other.
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