Improve Classroom Behavior with a Mindful Exercise

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Are you starting school soon?  I don’t start until September 1st, but I’m already thinking of new ideas to use to get the attention of my class.  We all use different strategies to quiet a noisy room (quiet claps, echoes, two fingers up, class-yes).  But I wanted to think of a new way to signal for quiet while helping my kids to become more mindful.

The Mindful Machine

What you need:

A visual of a brain, which you can download below, and attach to a construction paper headband (or you can just point to your head if you don’t want to wear funny brain crowns).

How to do it:

  1. First introduce the new quiet signal to your class.  Say, “When I say Mindful Machine and put on this headband, we are all going to point to our heads and say “shh” while lowering our arms.”
  2. Try it.  Say Mindful Machine and have the students point to their heads and say “shh” while lowering their arms.
  3. You can point out that when they do it correctly, they look and sound like a giant machine getting ready to learn.
  4. Practice this new attention getter.
  5. If you really want to get creative and aren’t afraid of looking silly, get a picture of a brain, glue it to a construction paper head band and put it on every time you say Mindful Machine. This will definitely add to the visual component and I’m sure the kids will get a kick out of it.  You can download a FREE brain to use to make your own construction paper headband here. Brain
  6. Now every time you say Mindful Machine, put your brain crown on and have the kids say “shh”.  This will help them to be more mindful and stop, think, and listen to directions.  Plus, looking at you wearing a brain will be sure to put smile on all of your students’ faces.

Happy Students= More Learning!

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