I am a lover of Twitter and an admirer of the sharing of ideas that occurs on a daily basis there. Social media in all of its forms can be a powerful tool when used properly. I often find myself shaking my head when I see the posts from my students in my Instagram feed though: like for a TBH, I look ugly today, I'm bored, selfie, and lots of musical.ly lipsyncing. The ridiculous internet challenges are the worst...cinnamon challenge, condom challenge, duct tape challenge-ugh. I want to like their posts, but It's hard to find one that is all that likable. I decided that I wanted to show them how social media can be used for good. This is also a story about how my ideas evolve into hyperdocs.
Make Time for Mindfulness and Reap the Benefits
Getting "Buy In" From Teens
When I first began a mindfulness practice in my class, there were (and still are) some students that just didn't "buy in" to it. They would giggle, goof around while my eyes were closed, fidget and make noises that distracted others who were sincerely trying to focus on the sit. After teaching some of the following lessons, I have buy-in from almost %100 of my class. I am still working on that last student; it seems like the students that are most resistant to practicing mindfulness are the ones that need it the most. I am also still working on my teens (at home) as well.
March Madness isn't just for basketball. I don't know what it is about March; the impending doom of standardized testing, the clock running out on a school year with so much left to teach, or too much time without sunshine after a long winter. The problem with all of these thoughts is that they are past thoughts and future thoughts.
Rethinking the Time Out Chair:
I am a lifelong learner and have had the privilege of also being called a teacher for eighteen years.
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