- Create a quiet and soothing environment somewhere in the school
- Create a safe comfortable space where students can relax
*if dedicated space is difficult to find, consider using an empty locker for comfort items available to all students. Leave a note inside encouraging students to add to it as they see a need as well
Have students read this quick article from the New York Times.
Oftentimes it can be difficult to deal with trauma or stress in the school space. Therefore, the club will create a school-based “safe space” or mindfulness room/locker.
Invite the students to take 5-10 minutes as a club to brainstorm what they would like in their mindfulness room.
- Coloring books
- Furniture/beanbag chairs/Yoga mats
- Play Dough
- Quiet games
Students should then work out the planning of creating the space. Much of the logistics work will need to be completed in conjunction with an administrator. Before meeting with an administrator, students should: identify a space in the school, determine if the space will be permanent or temporary (permanent would be ideal), and establish rules for use of the room/locker during the school day.
Potential spaces may include: an empty classroom, the library, the clinic, conference room, a locker that has a special meaning to the student body (ex. A locker in honor of a student/teacher/administrator who passed away), etc. If the space is offered temporarily, will the space be available during lunch one day, all- day one day, or a week? Will students be allowed to use the space at any time during the school day without teacher permission or will students need teacher permission to use the room? Will the space only be offered during “free times” such as lunch, homeroom, or club time?
Identify an administrator from whom to seek permission to establish a mindfulness space.