Student Contributor: J. MacPherson
This tool is a great way to have kiddos begin their day feeling refreshed and ready. One minute in the morning is all it takes to get your students in a healthy mindset.
This tool is to be implemented every morning after students have eaten their breakfast and began their morning task. The teacher simply tells the class it is time for their mindful minute, and begins by ringing the chime. As the mindful minute begins, the teacher will direct students to take a deep breathe in and out. In a calm tone the teacher will direct students to consider how they are going to show kindness that day and keep a healthy mindset. Mindful minute is meant to relax students before they begin their day and create a healthy mindset.
This tool fits best in the preventative stage because it is implemented in the morning before the students begin their day. The preventative stage occurs before lessons which is why this tool fits best with the preventative phase. This tool fits into the teacher directed/collaborative phase best because it is the teacher that implements this tool every morning. However, the students work collaboratively to be mindful of one another throughout the day, making sure to consider their choices. Often times after mindful minute, students are asked to share with a neighbor how they can show kindness to one another throughout the day. It is their reps0onsibility to consider the feelings of others and make good choices throughout the day.
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Tool Source: The idea for this tool came from my mentor, D. Paulson, in her 4th grade classroom.