Speaker 1: Go ahead and sit up nice and straight. You're going to listen to my voice. Close your eyes. Today we did a focused breathing activity, which is called a body scan. Let's start our focus at your feet. I want you to wiggle your toes. Focus on your toes. This was something that they have done before. And then all the way up to your lower back. Focus on going down your arm to your wrist and now to the palm of your hand. I help them bring their brain to a place where they're not thinking about what's going on outside their heads. They're really having to use their brain to focus on these different places of their body. Back up your right arm to your elbow and up to your shoulder. We practice probably two or three times a day. Can anybody tell me why we do that?
Speaker 2: To be ready for the next thing.
Speaker 3: To live in the present and focus on our breath.
Speaker 4: Train our brains.
Speaker 1: It's a great way to train your brain for moments of anxiety, fear, just as a way to calm the brain. It helps you to get yourself to a place where you're thinking logically. Really, you're taking your focus off of whatever that exterior thing is that's bothering you. Focus on your jaw, your mouth. I love the idea of starting the first day of school and getting those children used to the routines and procedures. It can be shortened, or it can be lengthened. And it just kind of depends on what your needs are with your students at that time. Up to your eyes. I want them to walk away with knowing that they can use this strategy in general-- when things are exciting, when they're worrying about something, or events that we're going to. See if you can see the back of your eyelids. Maybe there's something back there. So having that strategy of saying, "Ok, ok. I'm going to calm down, and I'm going to bring myself where I am right now," wherever you are, and then you're there. And out the top of your head and then you can slowly and gently open your eyes. Great focus. It's good for the teachers too.