Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Teachers and students can benefit from creative ways to handle holiday overload and de-stress during the holiday season…
Begin with this helpful practice…
Sometimes Blank Space Is Best – If you’re suffering from “holiday and/or information overload,” take a few minutes out from your pressed school schedule and ask your class to join you in pointing to a blank white board.
Any blank classroom space will do.
As the class waits to see what you’re up to, offer this de-stressing, refreshing attentionology trick…
Tell the class that you want to ask two open-ended questions that allow totally free thinking, with no right or wrong answers.
You could say, for example, “Class, your minds are like this blank board in some ways. They still have parts that are blank; you’re young; your minds have plenty of room to add important information and ideas as you grow.
Here’s my two-part question for you..
1) What would you like to learn today?
2) What would you like to fill the blank spaces of your mind?”
Listen for students’ answers and if you choose to, jot their responses on the blank board in a dark marker. Call their contributions a New Checklist for Learning.
Explain that because the holidays are a busy time of year, you’ll save these new learning goals for after the new year.
Giving kids an opportunity to ask for what they want is a big attention-getter.
Your question puts the students in charge, at least for a few minutes.