Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland has come up with a pretty unique idea to discipline.
Instead of detention or suspension, children in this school are asked to sit on the floor and meditate to calm down, and technique which was found to be highly successful.
Teachers at Robert W. Coleman refer them as the Mindful Moment Room.
The way this room looks is anything but punishing; in fact, its big purple cushions, stuffed animals, and beautiful artwork make it cozy and welcoming. In the Mindful Moment Room, students are paired with an instructor. For five minutes, the student is allowed to speak with the instructor about what happened.
According to Kirk Philips, the school’s Holistic Me coordinator, children found the room a great place to meditate, and at their Christmas party, they meditated before they were given presents.
Numerous other schools are considering such kind of holistic thinking since it produces incredible results. For example, the Mindfulness in Schools Project in the UK teaches adults how to set up programs.
As stated by the official website, a more mindful awareness helps students to recognize worry, manage difficulties and cope with exams, trains them to understand and direct their attention with greater awareness and skill, boosts their capacity to concentrate and avoid distractions, and improve their working memory.
In addition, mindfulness helps to develop a greater awareness of relationships and the possible ways to manage them, boosts optimism and self- esteem, and offers a richer understanding of things.
If you need any more proof that the program is having an impact on the kids, HLF co-founder Andres Gonzalez remembers this adorable story. One Robert W. Coleman mother told him, “I came home the other day stressed out, and my daughter said, ‘Hey, Mom, you need to sit down. I need to teach you how to breathe.’”