Meditating before tests

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  1. MikeTeachesMath

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    What are your thoughts on leading students through a quick (5-ish-minute) guided meditation before taking a test? Do you think it would be beneficial? What about backlash from parents? Any thoughts appreciated.
     
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    I would call it a focusing strategy instead of meditation.
     
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    Agreed.

    And five minutes is a long time. Maybe shorten it to one or two minutes if possible.
     
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    Even a 30 second meditation (starting when they're all quiet and still) I've found can be beneficial for kids who rarely take a quiet moment to gather their thoughts. I agree with just reframing it as a "focus minute", or a "minute to gather their thoughts". You probably won't get any parent backlash if you do that.
     
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    Perfect! Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.
     
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    Our counselor has worked on it this year and calls it mindfulness.
     
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    I teach my kids how to use "visualization" to "escape" for a few minutes to a safe, comfortable place when they are stressed before an exam, or if they can't sleep at night. I reminded a student about it and started walking him through it when he said he felt a panic attack coming on. Seemed to help. Visualization, going on a brain vacation, whatever - all the same thing. Euphemisms - got to love them!:rolleyes:
     

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