The Two-Minute ChallengePosted by Carlene Gordon
Can you be still for two minutes? Not only are our fourth graders up to the challenge, they have set a goal of getting to five minutes. Students calculated that there are 1,440 minutes in a day. How many of these minutes are noisy, rushed, scheduled and stressful? In fourth grade, we start each day in a circle hearing morning announcements and sharing goals for the day. We close our morning meeting by opening a few windows (no matter the weather), turning off the lights and sitting, many with eyes closed, in mindful listening. Afterwards students share what they heard internally (heartbeat, breathing, thoughts in their head) and externally; the brook, wind, traffic, and many other sounds. Students have learned to appreciate and eagerly anticipate daily mindful listening practice.
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