Children will be always children and in some of them there will be always the ones that are unruly. Almost every school deals with these children by introducing detention or suspension and this method has been applied for centuries, but there is a new approach that has shown to be more effective than the traditionally used one.
Robert W. at Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland has introduced a new strategy in dealing with unruly children, and instead of detention or suspension, the badly behaved children are asked to sit on the floor and meditate to calm down.
These children are sent to the ‘Mindful Moment Room’ where they should meditate in silence which was created in partnership with the local charity, the Holistic Life Foundation.
Holistic Thinking – More Effective Than Detention
Kirk Philips, the school’s Holistic Me coordinator, stated that this method was first introduced at their Christmas party when children meditated before they were given presents. The ‘Mindful Moment Room’ for the children is a great place for meditation. Mindfulness is a great method for the children to self-regulate themselves, control impulsivity and reduce conflict and oppositional behavior.
A developed mindful awareness is very helpful for the students in properly managing difficulties and successfully coping with the upcoming exams. It helps students to recognize worry and to deal with it so that they can direct their attention with greater awareness and skill. This skill will enhance their capacity to concentrate and avoid distractions, and thus better their working memory.
Mindfulness does not only help them in their studying but as well as in developing a greater awareness of relationships and possible ways to manage them. This technique when learned at young age will stimulate optimism and self-esteem in life thus offering them better understanding of things.
Mindfulness has proven to be very effective and many other schools got interested in implementing it in their schools. Plus, the Mindfulness in Schools Project in the UK teaches adults how to set up these programs.
Philips confirms the many benefits of the introduction of these strategies in his school. After its introduction there have been zero suspensions in the school. This program has also been introduced in the nearby Patterson Park High School where the suspension rates reduced and the students’ attendance got higher.