Buddy Breathing & Active ListeningPosted by Wendy Kerr
On Monday, during Morning Meeting, third graders practiced 3-part breathing with a “breathing buddy.” Students learned that often we only use a small portion of our breathing capacity and that can make us feel unfocused and sluggish. The three part breath begins in the belly, expands through lungs and reaches all the way up to our shoulders! It helps to send freshly oxygenated blood throughout our body making us feel more focused and alert. This was a particularly useful strategy on our first morning back to school after a long break!
Next, students practiced “active listening” with their partners. One person shared about their experiences over the break, while the other truly listened and then repeated back what they had heard. Partners reported feeling that the other person was really listening and heard all that they had to say. We will continue to build our listening muscle in 2020!
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