Week 4 – Bell or Chime Activity

20 10 2013

Article Highlight: Mindfulness Meditation for Adults and Teens with ADHD

Video: Richard Burnett, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project (based in the U.K.) , talks about the many benefits mindfulness can offer and shares his experience in bringing mindfulness into the classroom.

Classroom Practice: Bell or Chime ActivityThis exercise is taken from mindfuleducation.org and may be used anytime throughout the day to bring attention and awareness back to the individual and classroom setting:

A small chime or bell off of the internet (online bell) or phone app (Free Mindfulness Apps) offer an opportunity and reminder to stop, take a breath, come back to our body and focus. There are a couple bell activities to be used with students, which help them to notice their breath, concentrate or bring their focus back to the larger group.
1) The bell or chime may be used as a signal for students to bring their focus and attention, first to their breath and then to whatever is going to happen next in the classroom. To be used anytime, the bell can be an effective method for transitioning between activities (e.g., whenever the bell or chime sounds, all will pause whatever they are doing, and take three mindful breaths before continuing.)
2) With eyes closed, ask students to concentrate on their breath, and know when they are breathing in, or out, or just in between in and out. Tell them that at some point you will ring the bell, and they are to notice whether they are breathing in, out, or in between at the sound of the bell. This activity provides a playful framework for simply noticing out breath for a few moments, and maintaining concentration.
3) Have students close their eyes. The instruction is “When the bell is struck, listen to the sound as it rings and keeps on ringing, and when you can’t hear it any more, raise your hand”. After a few moments of stillness, ringer gently taps the bell, and all listen.

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