- Create a quiet and soothing environment somewhere in the school
- Create a safe space of quiet and comfort where students can relax
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.
Invite the students to take 5-10 minutes as a club to brainstorm what they would like in their mindfulness room. Ideas include:
- Coloring books
- Furniture/beanbag chairs/Yoga mats
- Play Dough
- Quiet games
Students should then work out the logistics 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, and establish rules for use of the room during the school day.
Potential spaces may include: an empty classroom, the library, the clinic, conference room etc. If the room is offered temporarily, will the room be available during lunch one day, all-day one day, or a week? Will students be allowed to use the room at anytime during the school day without teacher permission or will students need teacher permission to use the room? Will the room 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 room.