Using a Digital Die Cutting Machine for Calming Corners in Schools Blog Feature

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite on October 15th, 2020

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Using a Digital Die Cutting Machine for Calming Corners in Schools

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cutout maker emoji examplesSome schools have set up classroom calming corners, places where students can be taken for a brief period of time to relax and decompress from over stimulating activity or frustrating tasks. At VariQuest, we offer the Cutout Maker 1800, a reliable and effective digital die cutting machine that may be used by teachers to help students learn in a visual manner through the production of shapes, letters, numbers, bulletin board items, and manipulatives that are automatically cut. These items and others may be used in calming corners to help students relax and learn at a slower pace for a period of time.

Calming Corners

cutout maker PNGThe classroom calming corner is often equipped with soothing materials and soft furnishings to help a student take time away from the intensity of a difficult classroom learning experience which has caused the student to become upset. If possible, it is a good idea to have a student stay in a classroom rather than send him or her elsewhere in order to prevent the behavior from becoming an excuse to avoid the classroom. However, the classroom calming corner is used by some educators when they are unable to otherwise calm the student.

Digital Die Cutting Machine and Calming Corners

Working in a similar way a printer does to cut materials, a digital die cut machine is simply connected to a computer instead of a printer. The machine produces cuts as opposed to a printer distributing ink onto paper.

cutout maker lacing cardThe goal of the calming corner is to have the student calm down through the use of prepared strategies for a limited period of time. This time away for the student is to prevent his or her behavior from escalating and introducing positive reinforcements to change the student’s outlook. A digital die cutting machine can be used to create manipulative and other materials that reinforce to the student the behavior that will lead to positive learning results going forward.

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