My colleague, Chad, and I consistently use “Purposeful Downtime” to get our students back into a mindful state after recess and lunch break.
Our students have taken on the routine of coming into our classrooms, finding a suitable space, lying down and entering a deep relaxation before they continue with their learning.
We have been using a website called calm.com to guide them through the relaxation, but we will shortly start making our own 10 minute relaxation videos that are specifically for our students.
The effect on the students afterwards is quite profound. They tend to be in the ideal state for learning with focus. In this video, we ask them how they think relaxation helps them.