Students often ask why we do a little stretching and breathing in class, and occasionally students will resist participating in the activity. This is part of our standard of Workplace Readiness which is posted on the wall in the front of the classroom and is one of the Power Standards in our CTE (Career Technical Education) classes. In other classes please consider it as part of the authentic self-care that many adults in our world benefit from every day.
Self-Care for workers and avoiding workplace injuries is part of Career Technical Education and part of workplace safety. Most injuries that happen in the workplace for computer workers happen over years and years of time. This is why we stretch our wrists, shoulders, and necks. The first set of links document some stretches and the benefits of doing so.
The second set of links back us up on the effectiveness of bringing mindfulness and meditation to the classroom. We just breathe a little and visualize for 15 seconds of silence. If you don’t see the value right now please realize that a lot of kids benefit, and the feedback I have gotten from students who use these techniques in other classes is very encouraging.
Please participate – fake it till you make it if you must – because you just might see some of the benefits they are talking about.