When the students entered the classroom, they were chatty, pushing each other and ran around for a while. We could feel that they were not ready to learn yet. They were very excitable. What should we do?
An easy way to draw back their attention is to practice three minutes of mindful breathing. If the students are younger than 10 years old, one minute maybe good enough. While practicing mindful breathing, the children can sit upright with eyes closed so that they won’t feel drowsy. They can observe the rising and falling of the tummy or put their attention on their noses. After three minutes of mindful breathing, especially in the last period, students felt more energized and refreshed.
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