I know that we all have those days in our classrooms where the students aren’t getting along and there seems to be an undercurrent of stress. In times like this, I like to have my students do a classroom meditation to refocus them on what’s really important. I know, it can sound a little *out there* but I’ve done this many times with many different ages and it’s amazing the difference it makes in the room. Try it! Pause between steps, relax, and be confident that this will change your students for the better.
I make sure everyone is calm and I asked them to close their eyes.
When the room is silent and the students are calm, I say (pausing at the commas):
1. Think of yourself, how you want to be loved, you want to be heard, you don’t want to be embarrassed. (long pause)
2. Think of your best friend, how they want to be loved, they want to be heard, and they don’t want to be embarrassed. (long pause)
3. Think of a friend in this class, they want to be loved, they want to be heard, and they don’t want to be embarrassed.(long pause)
4. Think of someone you know a little bit in this class…. They want to be loved. (long pause)
5. Now, Think of someone that you’re not good friends with, they also want to be loved, they want to be heard and they don’t want to be embarrassed. (long pause)
As you open your eyes, remember that everyone in this room wants to be loved, wants to be heard, and doesn’t want to be embarrassed.
If you try this with your students, let me know! I’d love to hear how it worked for you.