The white sides read "What do you want to learn in music class this year?" I want students to write responses on the boards (made of white paper) as a way for me to hear and respond to student voices, interests, and goals.
I plan to tell students to visit the rest area when they feel that they need to calm down or simply get away from the group. I also added a board game timer to the table, so students can start the timer, write, draw, or respond to their emotions in other acceptable ways at the table, then rejoin the class when the timer's up.
I also added some foam squares where students can sit if they prefer. I hope to add pillows eventually. I'm thinking that I might spend some time in the Rest Area! :)