The Calm Classroom team recently had the wonderful opportunity to support a “Create Your Own Calm Classroom” contest at Shields Middle School. With their incredible leadership team, this school really rallied behind the effort and created their own superhero to encourage the students to participate in the project: The Calm Classroom Crusader. After about a month of hard work and creative brainstorming, two winners from each grade level were selected. These students were awarded certificates and prizes from the Calm Classroom Crusader and the Calm Classroom representatives at the January 29th Celebrations Assembly. These students, along with many other inspired students, created their own Calm Classroom techniques by following the scripted Calm Classroom format, and filling in their own technique title and directions for participating in the technique. So many unique and fabulous ideas were shared. We would like to congratulate all of the participants, as well as all of the staff members who helped make this event fun and possible! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and hard work!
Pictured above (from left to right): Principal Peter Auffant, teacher Katherine Batista-Lopez, teacher Jill Hovanes, student contest winners, Calm Classroom Crusader Mr. Gallager, Calm Classroom team members Jori Griffith and Joy Luster, and Assistant Principal Kate Dugger. Check out winner, Ricardo Pliegro’s awesome technique, below.
The Winners of the Contest:
- Araceli Navejar – Hands Up
- Carmen Torres – Music Flow *this requires music
- Jessica Banos – Let it Flow
- Alvaro Pulido – Stretch Session
- Ricardo Pliegro – Problem Release
- Joshua Montanez – Energy Legs * this requires students to be sitting in a chair
- Liliana Cruz – Calm Tues *music required
- Brian Flores – Visualization
Problem Release by Ricardo Pliegro
We are going to practice Problem Release.
Sit up straight and comfortably in your chair.
Rest your hands on your desk or in your lap.
Feel your feet flat on the floor.
Relax your shoulders back and down.
Let your whole body be still.
Now, imagine you’re outside laying down, looking up at a beautiful blue sky.
Think of all your worries and troubles.
Imagine a lot of puffy, white clouds.
Put each of your problems into a cloud.
Take a deep breath in, as you exhale, release them into the sky.
Watch them float away.
Imagine a cool, gentle breeze to whisk them away.
Now, think of everything that makes you happy.
Be at peace with both body and mind.
Now, take a deep breath in, hold and exhale slowly.
Notice how you feel. [Wait 10 seconds]
Slowly open your eyes.