Baltimore's Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has taken an interesting step in the way they handle trouble-making kids. Any time a kid goes too far, they're sent to the "Mindful Moment Room" where they undergo breathing exercises and talk through it with a councilor to reflect on what they did.
The room is decorated with bright colors, plush purple pillows to sit on, and lamps, making it stand out in contrast to a bland detention hall.
Since the program has been initiated, the school has reported zero suspensions.
Here's how one 5th grader explains it:
Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like, and I just thought I could overcome everybody and then I just stop being mad…I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do… I think of something that a stronger, a mentally stronger person would do.
If a kid's good, but still wants to participate, they're able to join an after-school program called Holistic Me, where they can learn mindfulness and yoga .