Decisions not Preferences #SOL20

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June is my month of renewed power.

I have returned to what I know about decisions. When I make a decision, I do it. There is no compromise. My life has changed when I made the decision. Usually there is a plan that goes along with it to make sure there is action.

One example is I have decided to take my health back. One factor is to drink more water. I have decided to drink 64 oz of ice water daily. Most days it is more but I know if I drink 2 White Sox souvenir glasses worth I am good.  I am not preferring to be more hydrated…I am doing it.

I want to live my life doing the things that light me up. Feeling good in my body is one of them.

Another way that I light up is when I can share the things that I am learning and that are important to me with my students.  

One of the concepts I was introduced to this week is called Priming. It is just what it sounds like – you prime yourself for the day. Today is my second day of participating in a priming exercise and it is powerful. The first time I cried and I am not a crier. The emotions gripped me so fiercely it was the only way to let out the emotion.

As I was on my walk today it occurred to me I can do this with my class in the fall. I am going to incorporate a priming exercise in the fall with my kindergarteners. They are going to learn how to start their day with breathing, gratitude, happiness, pride, and projection.

I will solidify the plan for the fall but the skeleton pieces are as follows:

  1. Deep breathing with body movements
  2. Space for them to honor something they are thankful for
  3. Space for them to bring them back to a moment they were happy
  4. Space for them to learn what pride is and for them to be brought back to a moment they were proud of themselves
  5. Space for them to think of something they want to see themselves doing in the future

If we start the day this way I can invite influence for my students to have the best day possible. We will all learn from each other.

I am so excited to have made this decision.

I am also excited to start using the EL Education Kindergarten curriculum with my students. I cannot wait to teach them protocols.

What decisions have you made today?

10 thoughts on “Decisions not Preferences #SOL20

  1. I made a similar move to give more time for my students at the start of class — though it was more fun and less meaningful (though they still seemed to appreciate the conversations we had over attendance questions I asked). I would love to learn more about Priming though — do you have any resources to recommend?

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  2. I think this sounds very much like the Asian beginning of a school day with movement and refocusing to the day at hand. Since Covid isolation at home, I am doing yoga in the morning most days. I really do not like yoga normally, but I find that without the outside distractions of the day, I go into a place of planning and focus that I like. I’m not losing any weight and I am still flabby and soft, but my head is better than in a long time……something to be said for the focusing in the morning.

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    • I will have to do some research into how the day begins on the other side of the world! Yoga has many benefits! I guess it depends on what type you do whether your body gets firmer. I am glad you found a rhythm that helps you.

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