Connecting Mindfulness, Self-Expression, and Self-Regulation
Scenario 1: Imagine you have 30 overexcited students rushing through your classroom door. They just got back from recess and getting them to settle down and return to learning mode seems like an impossible feat.
Scenario 2: You have one student in your classroom who just won’t cooperate. He throws a few pencils on the ground and stomps his feet under his desk when you tell him to be quiet. Other students start to notice and giggle in reaction. You continue to ask him to stop and listen, but he ignores your instruction, and instead begins to shout.
What do you do?
Often our gut reaction is to be more disciplinary when kids act rowdy and disruptive. Yet, this isn’t always the best approach because it doesn’t help us, or our students, understand what triggered this behavior.
Whether it’s getting the entire class to settle down after recess or helping a student calm down after an emotional outburst, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and don’t blame yourself. It is okay to feel frustrated and defeated – these situations can be incredibly tough.
One great way to help your students safely return back to the quiet energy of the classroom is by giving them an activity that calms them and helps them regroup.
We recommend practicing a Sandwich Moment - a fun, quick and simple activity that helps connect mindfulness, self-expression and self-regulation.