Baltimore Elementary School Successfully Replaces Detention with Meditation

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Students at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore aren’t sent to detention when they misbehave. Instead, they go to the Mindful Moment Room.

Kids who are sent to the Mindful Moment Room are encouraged to practice deep breathing and meditation practices while surrounded by purple pillows, lamps and other decorations. What’s more, while they are there, they are encouraged to talk about why they were sent there in the first place. The meditation is supposed to help the kids re-center their thoughts and also give them a chance to focus again.

The space was created with the help of the Holistic Life Foundation, which describes itself as being dedicated to helping “children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care.” They have also created a program called Holistic Me in which young children from pre-K to fifth grade…

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Oct 02, 2016 @ 16:45:47

    This is a great idea and how simple, right? It’s always the simplest solutions are the most difficult for our systems…especially education…to discover and use! Great post.

    • sepultura13
      Oct 02, 2016 @ 21:51:16

      Agreed – it seems that sometimes, an issue is over-thought…so the simple, and obvious solution gets overlooked. I know that I do that in my own life…it certainly happens on a greater scale, especially when there are many ‘experts’ putting their opinions into the pot!

      What’s that saying? “Too many chefs spoil the soup,” IIRC…

  2. leggypeggy
    Oct 02, 2016 @ 17:00:42

    What a worthwhile change.

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