March 18, 2014Classroom Management
Want your Children to be Organized?
Being organized takes self-awareness. Self-awareness develops self-responsibility. Self-responsibility develops self-regulation. Responsibility of self or belongings has to have time and space to learn about themselves, their actions with their attitude. Become self-aware to be self-responsible SELF- INQUIRE.
Daily Process of Self-Awareness to Environmental Routine
Organization: Organize the mind by organizing the body. Make self-awareness a routine by breaking the pattern of attention being trained to point “out there” and turn it to the physical sensation. Then recall physical steps in the routine of the lesson.. Steps to routines organize thoughts. Each step has a beginning, middle and end to a process. Ask at the beginning of each day what was learned from the start to the end of yesterday. Kindle memory of what happened before a lesson by putting the body in the location and position they were in during the lesson. Where were they sitting in the classroom? What did they do before they came to class? What did they have for breakfast? How did they get to school? If children don’t remember ask them to act out the position they were in when they came into the classroom. Then think of the sequences of actions. What was done physical rekindles the steps in a lesson.
Memory and Organization
Organization always uses patterns. Memory always has patterns in a sequence of actions and experiences repeated overtime. Motor patterns and movement carry out the patterns of behavior and thinking. Train awareness of patterns by recalling how time and space unfolds sequences. For example: What did we do first? What did we do next? What did you learn? How did you learning from daily life (at home, school or with friends)? Organize the mind by recognizing patterns in time.
Daybreak in the Classroom:
Recall First Step: Ask the children the first thing they did in their _____________ lesson (math, reading lesson—if you’re a parent, what did they do in a school day, a play day, a certain day of the week).
Recall the second step: If a child can’t remember suggest getting in the position the body was in when the lesson was taught. If you don’t have different work-stations or different positions the kids can be in with different lessons set classroom up in this way first. Physical positions of the body helps memory get rekindled. The physical sensations of the experience reminds how learning unfolded.
Organization by Starting with Self-Inquiry the Routine
Write the Agenda (in a pattern) for the day on the board so all the children can see what the day has in store. Follow this routine daily if possible. Routine steps set up automatic responses from the body-to- brain in learning.
Relate self-inquiry to learning how the body and mind work as one. Recall steps in the Routine on a day-to-day basis. Each routine needs to always start with self-inquiry. Make “self-inquiry” a physical experience. Ask children how they physically felt when they came into the classroom? Were they tired, hungry, or excited? Ask if their attitude is associated with this feeling in the body?
Physical conditions are easier to address and solve many problems with attention deficient. Students may have come in hungry, tired, or thirsty and teachers not realize this is where the problem begins. Parents, we need to help address basic daily needs like regular nutritional meals, rest, exercise and drinking water. Quiet the internal dialogue of hungry or exhaustion so ears can hear and the body isn’t pulling attention away. Improve self-responsibility and self-regulation by addressing basic needs.
When basic needs are taken care of now point attention to physical conditions and how it may be affecting their attitude. Teach children to feel their attention before and after a meal, or after not getting enough rest. Ask your children to notice how they are feeling and if they are aware of how they got that way? If they are tired every morning did they go to bed early enough? Ask as if it is your responsibility or theirs? Hydration is huge for the health and vitality of brain function especially in children. See lesson on sensing hydration in A New SENSORY Self-Awareness book. .Show them how to muscles strength can sense hydration in the lesson. Challenges of attention deficient can be eliminated for many children just by address basic needs of healthy meals and sufficient rest
Organization is not about just the order of physical objects. Organization is about wellbeing, self-responsibility and routine. Stress and demands of the times are challenging all ages in families. Taking care of basic physical needs can relieve stress and improve family and school dynamics. Teach self-awareness, the sequences of routine and the memory of those routines and organization will improve. More importantly self-responsibility and self-direction will improve, and when this improves so does organization. Guaranteed!