We talk a lot about the importance of "talking things out" when there is an issue between students in class. More often than not, a minor disagreement is simply squashed by a game of rock-paper-scissors. Sometimes we have an issue that is a little more complex, which requires students to take the time to talk things out. Students have always been encouraged to use their words and communicate how they truly feel. I feel that these social skills are super important to work on in class, but I also felt like I could be doing more.
The corner has been created at both schools, and has been used at least a dozen times. I think that it has really helped students that need assistance in working things out. It also allows for me to spend more time on helping students with the tasks they are working on. I am always available for students, and want them to come to me if they have a major issue, but having them figure out solutions to minor problems on their own is incredibly valuable, and this has been a great addition to our PE classes.
Thank you to Ben Landers at www.thePEspecialist.com for allowing me to use this idea and image!