Mrs. Cox from San Antonio TX is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students a safe space where they can calm down and refocus during their day.
I am a school counselor, looking for some help implementing calming corners in my fabulous teachers' classrooms! My students will be able to utilize calming corners in their classroom to support self-regulation, coping strategies, and mindfulness.
Our students come from many diverse backgrounds, both cultural and socio-economic.
We function like a family in an environment that promotes positive social interactions around respect, responsibility, and safe behaviors. My whole population of 800 students will benefit from this project.
I want to give these children the best educational experience I can, but we need help. I am hopeful that with generous donations, my students can have a better learning experience and I can alleviate some of the pressures of everyday life.
"When students experience stress or trauma at home or are overwhelmed in school, their nervous systems respond. Some students become extremely activated while others shutdown. Activation comes in reactions such as inattention, difficulty sitting still and hyperactivity. Shut down looks like daydreaming, falling asleep in class or not responding to others bids to connect. With both activation and shut-down, cognition is impaired and learning is difficult. Calming corners can help with both.
When activated, a calming corner provides an opportunity for students to reset or re-regulate and when shut down, a calming corner provides opportunity for engagement.
A calming corner is a small, designated space located within a classroom. 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. The use of calming corners can transform the culture of the classroom because calming corners are not consequence-based but rather used as an opportunity, driven by a student’s choice to feel better. Calming corners are private enough to allow the student to maintain dignity, however, they should be within eyesight of the educator so the student maintains a feeling of safety."
Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW
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