“Quieting Your Head” is like meditation and mediation has many known health benefits including reducing stress.
How do I do it? Take a breath and notice your breathing.
You will start to feel more relaxed.
It sounds kind of strange but the idea is to go beyond the mind to a place of stillness and peace.
After quieting your mind, you may find yourself more alert and able to focus better on your classroom assignments, activities and discussions.
We will take 5 minutes each day to sit in silence to quiet your mind.
What should you do during this silence? Try to focus on your breath. Notice your breathing.
If you find yourself thinking of thoughts, bring yourself back to your breath as often as you can remember.
You will get better at calming your mind the more often you meditate.
Adapted from Eckert Tolle “The Power of Now”
Classroom Management Funny Series #2
- This strategy is intended to be fun
- It is not designed to transform classroom culture but helps gain attention from students
- Use it a few times throughout the semester (But don’t overdo it!)
Quiet Your Faces
- Use “Quiet Your Faces” when attempting to get attention from a noisy class
- It allows you to get their attention in a fun way because “Quiet your faces” sounds funny
- It sounds like it could be inappropriate (similar to Shut Your Mouths!) but the beauty is that it isn’t inappropriate, which makes students laugh
- It kind of stuns students when they first hear it (What did he/she just say?) so you can gain their attention, to give them instructions or to start a discussion
Over the last few days I have put together an activity for TeacherThanks.com. It is now available as a free download on TpT…
• Share positive stories about teachers in order to foster a supportive classroom community
• Examine and learn strategies teachers can incorporate in the classroom to make a positive impact on their students
• To demonstrate to students that you are open to new ideas
• Foster a discussion about positive teacher/student relationships
• Encourage students to take a few minutes to check out TeacherThanks.com and leave a comment if they wish.
Note: If some students can’t think of someone or don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment, tell them that is perfectly fine but you would like them to spend a few minutes thinking about positive qualities good teachers possess.
• After 10 minutes, ask if there are any students who would feel comfortable sharing what they wrote.
• As a class, discuss what teachers can do to make a positive difference and/or be effective at their job.
• You may wish to develop a list of things students shared and let them know that you will try to do those things in the classroom.
Click on the link below to download this free activity…
Use this website as a fun way to monitor classroom noise levels!
Show this website with the use of a projector to your students as they are working.
The balls bounce higher as the volume of the classroom increases, giving students a visual indicator to lower their voices.
I found out about this website from http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Click the link below to download a free guide for this website…