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Marysville, WA: Elem school adds 'calm down area' to every classroom; flexible seating, low lights

Sept 5, 2018, Marysville, WA, Arlington Times: Keep calm and school on with smaller class sizes in Marysville https://www.arlingtontimes.com/life/keep-calm-and-school-on-with-smaller-class-sizes-in-marysville-slide-show/ …To keep class size down, that school has added a new kindergarten, first- and second-grade class, along with adding two third-grade classes. Longtime special education teacher Debbie Whitfield said another big thing is a “calm down area” in every class. It’s part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports the district has been using for a while. “But now it’s consistent in every class,” Nelson said. The calm down areas are different in each class, but they usually are private, quiet and encourage the student to reflect. Inspirational sayings have been placed around almost every classroom. Low lights help set a quiet mood in many rooms. Second-grade teacher Randi Dunn wants all of her students to be comfortable so she uses “flexible seating.” Student can sit wherever they want, including on pillows strewn throughout the room. … She said quite a few of her students used her calm down area on Day 1. But others are doing very well.