Hawley’s Peaceful Learning Classroom Program
Hawley’s Peaceful Learning Classroom (PLC) program is starting its third year as a school-wide initiative. As part of this program, all students learn simple but effective mindfulness techniques that they can use to calm down, reduce stress, focus and regulate their emotions. These techniques require only a minute or so. A 16 session mindfulness program is offered to classrooms in order to teach these techniques in more depth. Fifth grade students have an opportunity to become Yoga Leaders as part of the PLC program. They can become announcers, mentors or classroom PLC leaders. Twice a day, Hawley’s Mindful Minute Announcers lead the entire school in one of the techniques using the PA system. During the afternoon’s school-wide announcements, Mindful Minute Classroom Mentors go into every class and lead the children in the mindful techniques. Hawley’s S.W.A.T (School-wide Attitude Transformers) team members work one on one with younger students, nominated by teachers, who could benefit from more intensive work with yoga and mindfulness. As part of the program, Hawley has a special room designated as a Peace Garden and Training Center at Hawley. This room provides a calm space where students can learn and practice these techniques and where the S.W.A.T. team members work with younger children.