"Get with a buddy and sit face to face. Tell them a story from your summer or your weekend when you were having lots of fun with your friends /whanau."
"We are going to put the timer on, choose one person to talk first and while the other person listens quietly. Be sure to listen carefully to your buddy and give them your full attention while they talk."
Get the video ready and count them in. Help them make sure that only one person talks for the whole minute.
"Ok, stop, now its the next persons turn."
Play the timer again.
When you bring the students back, you can ask them to share something their buddy talked about. This way we are teaching them to pay attention to each other as they talk.
“Let’s practice paying attention to your body"
You can have the students sit or stand at this point.
“Let’s rub our hands together real fast…” Keep going until you can feel your own hands start to get warmer, and if the kids are paying attention well, you can let this go longer.
“Now stop, bring your hands down and be very still. Close your eyes and pay attention to your hands. Are they tingling? Are they warm? Do they feel heavy or light?”
“Now let’s rub our hands together again, faster and faster…” Keep going for a while.
“Now stop and quickly bring your hands to your face. Feel the warmth of your hands. Breathe in, Breathe out.” Pause
“Bring your hands away. Now we are going to listen to sounds inside our body. Let’s count how many sounds we can hear inside our body. Take your index fingers and gently push on the ears to block them. Ready go…”
Wait for a while here. You may need to wave your hands a little when finishing to catch their attention.
If you have time, let them share what they felt.
“Paying attention is great for enjoying the good things in life and getting better and better at the things we love.”
“Get together with a buddy to discuss a time when you find it easy to pay attention. Maybe it is when you are doing something you love or when you are doing something you really want to get better at."
For older kids you can also ask them to think of why it is easy to pay attention during this time.
“We know that paying attention is important for keeping safe, learning something new and paying attention to friends and family.”
“Have you ever been distracted and failed to pay attention at an important time? Did miss catching a ball during an important game or didn’t hear an instruction and got lost?”
“Discuss a time when getting distracted caused you a problem."
When coming back together, let the students know that these mistakes can teach us how important it is to pay attention. So keep practising paying attention when it's calm and easy so we can do it when life gets a bit crazy.