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Last school year, I was blessed with a coworker who introduced me to Conscious Discipline. The curriculum is absolutely amazing as it helps equip kids with social emotional and communication skills. In addition to these skills, kids are taught about recognizing and identifying their feelings. The same coworker and I decided that we wanted to try the lessons in a classroom we felt could really benefit from these skills. We have Project Aware in our school system and are so thankful that we were able to have a classroom kit and rug paid for with grant money. Due to the cost of the items, we have only one “set” in our school system (for now). Last school year, I was blessed with a coworker who introduced me to Conscious Discipline. The curriculum is absolutely amazing as it helps equip kids with social emotional and communication skills. In addition to these skills, kids are taught about recognizing and identifying their feelings. The same coworker and I decided that we wanted to try the lessons in a classroom we felt could really benefit from these skills. We have Project Aware in our school system and are so thankful that we were able to have a classroom kit and rug paid for with grant money. Due to the cost of the items, we have only one “set” in our school system (for now).
We chose a 1st grade classroom to teach these lessons and we are glad they were happy to be our “guinea pig.”  Part of the curriculum is setting up a classroom safe place and the kids are taught that when they are having “big emotions” they need to use the safe place. I was blown away with the response of this, and the teacher was also amazed. I knew this was something that needed to be set up in other classrooms for this school year.
During pre-planning, I emailed my teachers and asked who would like a safe place in their classroom. 12 teachers responded and they were very eager to get this set up in their room. It’s important to note that I did not set up the safe places exactly like what is suggested in the Conscious Discipline curriculum, mostly because of having only one set and I just don’t have time to do the full curriculum with my entire school being the only Counselor. I did however, blend some of the Conscious Discipline concepts into our classroom safe places. After I knew how many teachers wanted safe places, I was able to start planning. I made a list of items I wanted to go into sensory boxes. K-2 boxes are slightly different than 3-5 boxes as you will see in the pictures. I made sensory boxes for all the classrooms and then scheduled professional development with the teachers. Here is what was included in the professional development with my teachers. It was a lot of information for them, but since they are not Counselors I felt it was important for them to have a full understanding of the “hows and whys” behind a safe place.
Overview of Self-Regulation (What is it and Why to teach)Sensory Overview (Including all the ways our bodies are influenced)                   (Oral, Vestibular and Proprioceptive, Tactile, Visual, Auditory, and Olfactory)              Safe Place (Purpose, Process, How it works, Teaching when and how to use it)
I would recommend having an in-school training on how to use Safe Places so your teachers understand when to use it, how to respond, and the purpose of a safe place. For complete training information and for Safe Place products for your classroom, please visit: https://consciousdiscipline.com/

 

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