Why You Should Use Readers Theater in the High School English Class

Readers Theater for the High School Classroom. Builds classroom community through scripts and plays. Reading Strategy and engaging lesson.

HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM.

A great way to begin a daily mindful practice in the classroom.

Mindful Classroom Management – As easy as 1-2-3-4-5!

The Mindful English Classroom

Mindful Classroom Management – As Easy as 1-2-3-4-5!!

Every year at the beginning of the year, students are expected to make a Social Contract with each of their teachers. Students brainstorm a list of do’s and don’ts for the class and then each students signs it in agreement. I love students who take the initiative in their own learning process, but I started to notice that the items the students listed were the same ones, over and over again. Be Respectful, Be Prepared, Come to Class on Time, etc… Obviously, they already knew what behaviors are expected in class.

I decided to try something different. Instead of Class Rules, I have Classroom Expectations. I number them 1 to 5 and they are as follows:

1. Be Mindful
2. Be Positive
3. Be Careful With Your Words (especially about yourself)
4. Do YourBest
5. Take a Breath

Like any classroom management…

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Mindful Activities in the Classroom – Physical Literacy

The Mindful English Classroom

MINDFUL ACTIVITIES IN THE CLASSROOM 

PHYSICAL LITERACY

Using Mindfulness to Improve Physical Literacy

What is Physical Literacy and how can we use mindfulness to improve it?
 
Physical literacy is sense awareness; being aware of the body and its sensations.  Mindful practices help students become more aware of how their physical body is feeling and what their senses are detecting.  These practices can help settle the nervous system, regulate energy and cultivate health and well-being. Students can also gain the ability to express what is happening in their bodies and surrounding and use this awareness for impulse control and emotional regulation.
 
The following are a few activities to help your students practice mindfulness focused on physical literacy.
 
Language of Sensations
 
Have students sit on the floor or comfortably in a chair.  Ask them to raise one of their hands in front of them.  Have them study their hand intently, looking…

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Five Steps to Teaching Mindfulness in the Classroom

When I first started to have an interest in incorporating mindful practices into my classroom routine, I didn't know where to start. I Googled and read books, but that only partially helped. They told me the techniques, but not really how to do them in the classroom. That's when I started experimenting with my students. … Continue reading Five Steps to Teaching Mindfulness in the Classroom

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the High School Classroom “When do I have time?”

The first thing that you are probably wondering about incorporating mindfulness into a high school classroom is, "When do I have time?" The answer is - IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE! I never feel like I have enough time to teach everything I want, let alone incorporate mindfulness into the classroom.  I teach at a … Continue reading How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the High School Classroom “When do I have time?”

Mindful Activities in the Classroom – Physical Literacy

MINDFUL ACTIVITIES IN THE CLASSROOM  PHYSICAL LITERACY Using Mindfulness to Improve Physical Literacy What is Physical Literacy and how can we use mindfulness to improve it?   Physical literacy is sense awareness; being aware of the body and its sensations.  Mindful practices help students become more aware of how their physical body is feeling and what … Continue reading Mindful Activities in the Classroom – Physical Literacy

Mindful Classroom Management – As easy as 1-2-3-4-5!

Mindful Classroom Management - As Easy as 1-2-3-4-5!! Every year at the beginning of the year, students are expected to make a Social Contract with each of their teachers.  Students brainstorm a list of do's and don'ts for the class and then each students signs it in agreement.  I love students who take the initiative … Continue reading Mindful Classroom Management – As easy as 1-2-3-4-5!

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM – GRATITUDE ACTIVITIES

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM GRATITUDE ACTIVITIES Helping students become thankful and return kindness to others will not only add to the quality of your classroom environment, but it will help your students to be a better human being!   Here is a list of gratitude activities to add to your classroom:   Gratitude Meditation   If … Continue reading MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM – GRATITUDE ACTIVITIES