Are you struggling with some students’ behaviour?
I believe that one of the most significant reasons why they are destructive is that they are struggling with focusing on one thing at a time.
Mindfulness exercise can help your students practice focus more on one thing at a time. I made an introductory video for you. I hope you will enjoy it.
What is mindfulness?
1. Focus on now and here (neither in the past nor future)
2. One thing at a time (not multi-tasking)
3. Be neutral (neither positive nor negative)
4. Observe what is actually happening right now
– Mindfulness is a foundation of calm, patience, balance, gratitude, focus, achievement, success, caring, wisdom, creativity, etc.
How to be mindful?
1. Ask them to sit straight and have nothing in their hands
2. Close your eyes
3. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose.
4. Take a slow deep breath out through your mouth.
5. Repetition of 3 and 4.
6. Focus ONLY on breathing.
7. Keep this practice for at least 5 minutes.
8. If emotions or thoughts come up, just observe them without judgment until they are dissolved.
9. if you have “sticky” emotion, just observe it and say, “this is emotion.”
What if students start disturbing?
- Don’t judge the student, good or bad.
- You keep deep and slow breathing a little while.
- But if a student persists on his/her destructive attitude, Just go to the student and breathing in front of the student.
- Ask out their heads down onto the desk. I would not recommend you to do this exercise on the floor if it is a “difficult class.”
- If extremely disturbing, write his/her name on the board without showing your emotions.
- Follow the behaviour management process (e.g., time out, buddy class, office)