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I teach at a public elementary school. Since the pandemic, our school focus has been on socio-emotional learning . To facilitate this, my class of first graders have Sharing on Fridays. Each child can bring an item of their choice and tell the class what it is, how they get it and answer questions from their classmates. Sometimes, they can’t stop talking. To help them, I taught them to “Sit like a bell”. Bells do not talk. So they learn to sit and listen (and take turns to talk). At recess, when lining up, they learn to “Stand like a tree”, so noone is swinging their lunch bags and hitting another. When they walk down to the lunchroom, they learn to ” Walk like the wind”, and not run down, for they might fall. Once I asked if anyone has heard of “meditation”? Half the class started to cross their legs and put their hands on their laps – like the character Aang in the kids Netflix series “Avatar”. I taught them to hold their hands in a diamond mudra clasp. To help them be kind, every child who does good and kind deeds in school gets Excellence cards each week. Hopefully, they will remember. Next, I will teach them how to meditate.

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