When you first implemented the lab at Crossroads, did you have an "Aha" Moment?
I had two kids that were both freshman, and full of.... energy. Because of this, we made attending the lab a requirement for both of them every morning. If they showed up late, they wouldn't be able to attend the - this happened once or twice a week. We quickly began to notice a trend. There was a huge difference in their mood and behavior, depending on whether they went to the lab that day.
On days they came late, they had a hard time. Classroom outbursts, arguments, and off-task behaviors skyrocketed. We made adjustments, and the became such a simple solution to help them regulate and reset their brain and body everyday! It was a drastic improvement. In this case, I think the movement allowed them to reset, and opened up an opportunity for someone to check in on them. Emotions play a strong role in whether students are ready and able to learn each day, and the lab works on both fronts!
P was a junior who was a good kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. He came to the in the morning primarily to wake up and talk. One day during 2nd period, unexpectedly he completely shut down.
We went in the brain room and he started moving, which got him talking. Before long, I found out that he was heartbroken because he and his girlfriend had broken up and someone in class had said something to him. He just needed someone to talk to, but the movement turned his day around and he made it back to class and had a good rest of the day. We stayed in touch when he went back to his main campus and he graduated with plans to start at community college.
T was a junior and a real big kid. He was going back and forth with an administrator in the hall, and getting more angry by the minute. I asked if I could borrow him and of course the answer was yes. You could tell by his clenched face that he was mad.
We went down to the and I just said “get on something and move!” and we didn’t talk. After about 5 minutes, his entire demeanor changed. We started talking, mainly chit chatting, about what he was going to do after high school, what foods we liked, etc. and you could see a total change in his face. Only then did I ask how he could have dealt with the administrator differently next time. We chit chatted a little more and then he asked to go back to the administrator.
About an hour later, the administrator came to me and asked “what did you do to him?”
My answer, "I made him move."
Come to find out, he went back to the office and apologized!!
It’s amazing what a little movement can do.