Three times daily we practice mindful listening. Two are when we come back in from recess. The children sit in their mountain bodies and make a decision about keeping their eyes open or closed.
We use the bell's sound as an anchor for our attention. The children will remind me if I forget this listening practice . All share how it calms them and as one keeps saying " The bell helps me get calm."
The bell tone lasts for about 1 minutes.
Morning Greeting with a
Every morning we toss a beanbag to each other and share a positive thought or an event we have experienced recently. Next, each child shares how we are feeling and if they can why. They can pass but this is rare. They enjoy the sharing and listening in this safe way.
There is a visual support and a sentence stem for this. This activity helps with speaking in a group as well practice active listening.
The children are to face one another, look at the person they plan to toss the bag to, say the name and toss. The rest of the time we are to listen without comment. The children are to keep their bodies in the group as well.
We learn a great deal about each other and they often talk about what was shared during recess.
Listening to Others Share
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.