Baltimore Elementary School Successfully Replaces Detention with Meditation

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Students atĀ Robert W. Coleman Elementary SchoolĀ in Baltimore arenā€™t sent to detention when they misbehave. Instead, they go to theĀ Mindful Moment Room.

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

TheĀ spaceĀ was created with the help of theĀ Holistic Life Foundation, which describes itself as being dedicated to helping ā€œchildren develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care.ā€ They have also created a program calledĀ Holistic Me in which young children from pre-K to fifth gradeā€¦

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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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