After my post on Monday, I received a question about how a reflection center would look in a high school setting and what it might include. In the middle and high school settings, it would definitely look a little different than in an elementary school. My thoughts are that it could look one of 4 ways depending on the type of classroom and the cognitive level of the students.
For your typical middle and high school student / classroom:
- There might be a room set up within the school where students may be able to come and calm down / reflect. This room may have low lighting, comfortable furniture, soft music, paper to journal their thoughts, colored pencils /markers, and coloring books to color (after all… coloring books are NOT just for kids anymore…. have you been to a craft store and seen all the hundreds of “adult coloring books”?) 🙂 Check out this ARTICLE about the benefits of coloring. If it’s not feasible to set up a whole room, then you can try option 2.
- Try setting up a corner of your classroom with a rug and a place to sit to separate from the rest of the class. Use a simple chair or cushions on the floor, and offer headphones (with or without music), paper to journal their thoughts, coloring books to color, some markers or colored pencils, and some magnetic type fidgets. What are magnetic fidgets you ask? Here is a picture for you and a link to where you can find them:
Here are some examples of what a classroom corner reflection center might look like:
For your students who are low-functioning cognitively and / or have sensory needs:
- A sensory room might be what is needed. …This can provide the feedback that may help them get back on track socially and / or behaviorally. Here is a LINK to some pictures (and great ideas) of what a sensory room might look like. Again, for those of you who do not have the space for an entire room, check out option 2.
- Try setting up a corner of your classroom with a rug and a place to sit to separate it from the rest of the class. Use a bean bag, rocking chair, or standard desk with access to headphones (with or without music), paper to journal their thoughts or draw pictures, coloring books to color, sensory “toys” (such as squishy balls or magnetic fidgets), and possibly sensory “buckets”. Sensory buckets can be filled with rice, beans, or anything that the student can run their fingers through and would provide a calming effect. These would, of course, need to be used with discretion, depending on your student. Here is another classroom corner reflection center example:
I hope this additional information has been helpful. Please feel free to make comments or ask questions.
I also added in a really cute free printable (Inside-Out-feelings-journal) under the Behavior Journal post…. (which you could also use in your reflection centers).