After every lunchtime when the students have eaten and played we take time to relax and wind down. We take the students through a ten minute guided mediation. It calms them and sets them up for success for the rest of the afternoon. The focus and learning is so obvious with clear benefits.
Today we took things one step further. While the students were in the up right position we had them think about what it is they need to do next. What is their learning intention? What is the next thing they need to do after they have carefully thought about it? The students planned their own learning. They had become the teacher. This was a prime example of students becoming independent learners. Give it a try!