ERIC Number: ED511066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
The Calm and Alert Class: Using Body, Mind and Breath to Teach Self-Regulation of Learning Related Social Skills
McGlauflin, Helene M.
This article documents an action research pilot study called "The Calm and Alert Class" which utilized the body, mind and breath of students to teach the self-regulation of learning related social skills. Sixty first graders in four classrooms at a public elementary school were offered a 30 minute class for 28 weeks, which taught explicit skills in these areas: respect for self, others and school; listening; following directions; self control; being calm and alert; maintaining a positive attitude; appropriate behavior in groups at various times of the school day. Effectiveness was monitored by the following data: beginning and midyear surveys of classroom teachers; midyear survey of parents; beginning and end of the year survey of students; anecdotal reports through observation by staff and parents. Results were promising. The group as a whole showed improvement in self -regulation at various times of the school day and individual students exhibited skill mastery and generalization in a number of instruction areas. Future actions based on data include continuing the class and expanding it to other grade levels at this site. Appended are: (1) Overview of Calm and Alert Class Units; (2) Teacher Surveys; (3) Documents for Parents; and (4) Concept Mastery Questions Asked of Students in September/May.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine