A HUGE shout-out from the Allegan Alternative High School Staff to all of you amazing people who attended the Michigan Alternative Education Conference this year! Spending two days sharing in our passions with individuals who get it – who understand the same struggles, persevere towards the same goals, and provide the same relentless love – continues to inspire us with new ideas, and invigorate our spirit as an alternative high school. Thank you all.
As promised by the Mindfulness Boys, you’ll find images of the sticky note brainstorm wall below. We hope you find them useful as you begin to subtly implement mindfulness into different parts of your school day. Note: A typed list of the content on the sticky notes is also provided to save your eyes (and your time).
And to close, here are some Tuesday Tips:
- Live in the moment.
- Be flexible.
- Be kind to yourself.
Sending nothing but love <3
Sticky Note Brainstorm: Ideas on When/How to Use Mindfulness in the Classroom
- Techniques to Refocus
- Monthly Activity Day
- Class Transitions
- Before Standardized Testing
- Post Visual Mindfulness Reminders
- Transition after Break/Lunch
- Use Visualization for a “Field Trip” in History Class
- Meditation Station to “Take a Minute”
- Dance Party/Music Break
- Sensory Focused Activity
- Stress Break
- Deep Ujjayi Breath
- Make Rain Sticks
- Chair Yoga and Breathing
- Bellringer/Warmup Daily Goal
- Adding Music
- Use Visualization to “See” Academic Success
- Can help students feel more in control of situation/lives/emotions
- Breathing techniques can help students focus for the day.
- Mindfulness in a Class Exit Slip
- Keep Breathing Slide Up
- Purposeful Mindfulness Walks
- Use Visualizations to Energize
- Weekly Goal Wall
- Quiet Bringing Back to the Classroom in 5..4…3..2..1..
- Today’s Feelings on Sticky Notes
- Stretch/Meditation with Anxious Students
- Mindfulness as Non-Toxic Masculinity
- Taking Care of the Base of Maslow’s Hierarchy
- Great for Circles
- I want to model it myself before leading classroom exercises.
- Prior to Conflict Mediation
- Check In Process as Students Enter
- Active Mindfulness for Sleepy Students
- Guided Visualization for Students Reentering Class
- Breathing to Deescalate
- Brain Breaks as Parts of Projects
- Refocus Area
- Helps Keep Staff Balanced
- Use to Decrease Bus Anxiety
- Life Skills Class
- Guided Visualization or Mindfulness Enrichment Groups
- How are you feeling today?
- Ask Students How THEY want to achieve mindfulness.
Written by Aaron Rogers, Dean of Students