I have been teaching my second grade students all year about being mindful, resilient and self directed learners. We are now working on a program called Superflex.
For those of you who aren't familiar with this program it's a social learning curriculum. My students get to be super heroes and they become "super flexible thinkers" and try not to get stuck on things both at school and at home.
We are introduced to all of the "Unthinkable characters" - personalities that we can have sometimes (or all of the time) and we get can get stuck or stubborn. Some of the characters I'm sure even YOU can relate to are: Worry Wall, Energy-Harey, Was Funny Once, Brain Eater (distracters).
The Unthinkables' leader is Rock Brain and Superflex tries to "defeat" Rockbrain by using strategies included in the book. (breathing, walking away, etc) that students learn by practicing. I have borrowed a Super Hero cape to help us dramatize situations. Kids love being Superflex! For the first time, I distracted students as I went around blowing bubbles while they worked. This was definitely not an original idea as I had seen it on Pinterest many times so I am not sure where it originated. What fun! Students were NOT allowed to pop the bubbles. I couldn't believe how well they did. Check out these students concentrating on their work while the bubbles float down! Sorry about the blurry picture but I was literally blowing the bubbles then quickly taking a picture before they landed on the tables!
Students are getting super good at recognizing "brain eaters" and distracters. (Tapping your pencil, doodling, at school, video games or t.v. at home.)
If you haven't looked at this curriculum, I highly recommend it. It goes along great with the Mindup Curriculum .