Stop and Smell the Roses

Yesterday, I was given the gift of spending some quality time with my son. It was a spontaneous dinner and spending some alone time with him as we sat there and talked about college applications and SATs (Suite of Assessments), my heart and mind raced to Powerful Interactions. All I could think of was, “Slow Down, Stay in the Moment.”  This firstborn of mine will be graduating high school and off to college.

 

Slow down and stay in the moment is the first strategy under step two of Connect in Powerful Interactions. When we show our students that we are interested in them and that we want to spend time with them, they can relax and be in the moment with us. Slowing down gives us the time to tune in and enjoy the moment.

 

It can be challenging to do this so you need to find what works for you. Below are a few ideas when trying this strategy.

  • Find a comfortable spot – (low areas to be able to reach the child’s level are best).

  • Take a deep breath and count to 10 to quiet your static and observe the child.

  • If there’s another adult in the class, communicate with them so that they can keep an eye on the rest of the class.

These are a few ideas to try.  It definitely takes practice just like everything else. But the outcome outweighs the challenge. Results from slowing down and staying in the moment could be:

  • Children are more relaxed and comfortable which aids the relationship building.

  • Children share more stories with their teacher which gives the teacher more knowledge about his/her students. This also gives the teacher the opportunity to share more about the child when talking to parents.

  • Teachers gets to know children better because of the patience that comes with practicing this strategy.

  • This strategy can be used in the classroom and in the teacher’s personal life.

 

So, this brings me back to dinner with my son. I am very thankful to be able to learn these strategies and use them not only in my professional life but in my personal life. I may not be able to stop time, but I do have control of slowing down and staying in the moment to stop and smell the roses. I challenge all of you to Slow Down & Stay in the Moment to connect.

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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