“You know, when they are in In School Suspension they are typically not learning, they are doing some other, you know some assignments or so forth, but they aren’t learning a new lesson,” Success Achievement Academy Director, Todd Rhoades, stated on Tuesday.
SAA began the brand new means of punishment this yr after discovering a faculty in Baltimore, Maryland utilizing the yoga technique as punishment and had success with it.
“We did a lot of research on their school and not only how they handled discipline, but they’ve actually put it in their curriculum and that’s what we’ve done here.,” Rhoades stated. “What really got our attention in Baltimore, they went to zero suspensions for an entire year. Suspension does not work for our students.”
What used to be the ISS room, now doesn’t have desks, however as an alternative, it’s stocked with yoga mats, calming music, and important oils.
“They are getting help with learning how to breathe and meditate and to relieve stress, and then part of that not only is there deep breathing there’s also a restorative piece to it, they take responsibility for what they did,” Rhoades stated.
That restorative piece consists of college students writing letters to academics who disciplined them, taking duty for his or her actions.
Although the Success Academy has solely used the brand new yoga class for seven days, up to now it has been a hit.
“Of course, we’ve got a small sample size, but so far, so good,” Rhoades stated. “It’s gone really well. The kids enjoy it.”
Rhoades stated they’ve additionally made yoga and meditation an element of Kindergarten-Eighth grades’ curriculum.
“In those K-8 classes, we do meditation and yoga every day,” he stated. “They do it when they first come in the morning and after lunch.”
He hopes to prolong the yoga curriculum to Ninth-12th grades sooner or later.