Peace Corner: A Different Type of Learning Space

  • Project Cost: $200.00
  • Funded to Date: $150
  • Online Until: April 13, 2018
  • Teacher Name: Cassandra Schmidt
  • School: Watkins Elementary School
  • Grade Level: 4th Grade
  • Description:

    I would like to implement a Peace Corner, which is designed to help students manage their emotions in a self-regulated and peaceful way. A Peace Corner, or called a Safe Place by Becky Bailey of Conscious Discipline, is defined as “a learning center in the classroom or home used to teach self-regulation and give children a place where they can transform upset into learning.” Students are taught de-escalation techniques and provided resources such as a comfortable area to sit, fidgets to use, coloring materials, stuffed animals to hug, a timer to promote self-regulation, and books focusing on peace to read while in the Peace Corner.

  • Planned Use for Funds: The funds would be used to purchase materials for implementing a Peace Corner. Some of these items include a bean bag chair, pillow, timer, coloring supplies, fidgets, books related to peace, and stuffed animals.
  • Need Represented: Social Emotional health is an important part of a child’s development. A Peace Corner allow students space and time to take ownership of managing their own emotions. We as adults take breaks when we get overwhelmed or frustrated, and children need those opportunities as well. This would be a safe place where students would be able to take the time they need to readjust and further learn how to regulate their emotions in positive ways.
  • Academic Impact: Frustration and stress can get in the way of learning. When students are not practicing a growth mindset, learning becomes much more difficult. When students are ready to learn, their level of engagement rises and the impact of instruction increases. Besides giving students time to readjust and then rejoin academic learning, this is a great area to practice and further social emotional development and learning, which is an important part of growth.
  • Student Population: This Peace Corner would serve a 4th grade classroom of students with a variety of academic and social emotional needs at a Title I school with a high percentage of students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

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