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Jul 3, 2020 6:58pm
I loved how the teacher advised her students to be mindful about the things going on in their life during the present even outside of the school. It was also really nice that she used the chime to allow her students to take a deep breath, and feel at ease before getting into circle time. What also made this really effective was that the teacher would assign the students a partner to discuss their perspective on what present means to them, and then be able to share what those thoughts when they fall back into circle time. The final thing I really took away from this video was how she assigned her students to write a reflection about being present and what to do in moving forward.
Jun 22, 2020 2:23am
This video is insightful. I love how the teacher used the lesson to model mindfulness in the classroom that would influence their out of class life. It is important to teach learners how to be in the present. These days, students are easily carried away with social media, video games, and things on the web. Having the students close their eyes, take a deep breathe and focus on the present opened to learners to think outside the box on what it means to be in the present. The students participating in answering the question on what it means to be in the present.
Listening attentively, listening on purpose, following directions, and being aware of your environment was key in this activity. The students were able to use this activity set personal goals for themselves.
Jan 12, 2020 1:46pm
Oct 31, 2019 9:28pm
As a counselor I see so many students frozen in any moment other than the present. With the increase in information pouring in from social media, students need to be taught how to be in the moment. This allows us to take stock of where we are at now, and what we can do from this moment on.
What I liked about this lesson is how she models mindefullness - the chime and a moment to be 'in-yourself.' The teacher starts with her own examples, she reinforces vocabulary, and she models active listening. She connects Mindefullness to life, not just school. This is a life skill that teaches students how to screen some of the outside noise out and focus on the present.
"What does it mean to be present?" Listening attentively, listening on purpose. She then gives students the opportunity to practice this skill with clear instructions on what success looks like for this activity. I really liked that she referenced having a toolbox. We all need a toolbox of skills. The teacher's use of 'signals' reinforces mindefullness in that it teaches student the cues needed to bring them back to listening to her. Students in this class are practicing the Listener Speaker Technique - a technique that marriage counselors use! Imagine how far ahead of their peers they will be. These are life skills.
Mar 30, 2019 11:55pm
I liked how she asked alot of questions to get the kids to relate to what she was asking. Having kids visualize it or close their eyes to imagine what would be like mindfully (being in the moment) is awesome!
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