We are curious as to how our blog readers are implementing the mandated moment of silence in your classroom?
I begin each morning with a "community circle". Our school uses TRIBES and community circle is the basis for that. We gather in a circle to share our hearts and set our expectations for the day. Anyway, I have introduced the moment of silence to the very beginning of my community circle time. At first, I just talked about what a "moment of silence" is. We then shared ideas of what you could do during that moment of silence. Some of the suggestions were: be still, think, meditate (ha!), pray, and relax. I then modeled the moment of silence by saying "today I am going to spend the moment to think about how I am going to be kind to others, I want you to spend the moment how you choose. You can think, meditate, pray, or just relax.". I then called "Moment of Silence" and we sit still and quiet...some of the kiddos even close their eyes. Once our moment is over I ask if anyone wants to share what they thought about or did. So far I have been very impressed with my kiddos and how seriously they take this.
This is what I am doing right now and would love any input, suggestions, ideas if you have them!