Forms of discipline in the education system vary across schools and cultures. In America, we are used to the star/smiley face system, detention, all day isolation, or if you’re really cutting up, an alternative school. Discipline is a touchy subject and to each, it’s own when it comes to determining what is the most effective approach. One school has innovatively created a new technique that even adults can use to get their act right.
Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore sends kids who aren’t following the rules to the “Mindful Moment Room” instead of detention. The “Mindful Moment Room” is a purple cozy room any yogi would love to spend the day in, filled with pillows, light, and minimal decor.
Children may act disruptively when their mind and emotions are not working in harmony. From a psychological standpoint, the purple room will contribute to the harmony of mind and emotions and help support meditation. A harmonious relationship between the mind and emotions results in mental balance and stability, a link between thought and activity which is what is happening when these kids get sent to the “Mindful Moment Room”.
To some, this method may seem like the kids are getting a vacation from school instead of a punishment that will teach them a lesson but it works. There have been absolutely zero suspensions at Robert W. Coleman Elementary, ZERO!
The Holistic Life Foundation plays a major role in the development of the “Mindful Moment Room”. The local non-profit also has an after-school program called Holistic Me that guides children through their yoga/meditation practice.
Yoga and meditation have proven their positive effects on one’s mental health and well-being time and time again. One benefit to this new technique is the long lasting and even lifetime effects that it will have on the children. This approach won’t just “fix” the children for the moment but will contribute to a lifetime of self-awareness and mindful thinking.
What do you like about this new approach? Do you think this new technique is effective? Why or Why not? Let us know in the comments below!