Week 5: Engagement

In week five, you will begin to apply the knowledge that you have learned by creating your own sequence.

Lesson

Welcome to our last week!

The final aspect of the Five Principles of Health and Wellness is engagement. Our premise is that by making the body energetic and skillful; the nervous system calm and regulated; and the mind clear and confident, we are teaching the students what it means to be in a state of attention. With that understanding, they can then engage with the tasks that are set out in front of them.

Task completion is one of the big challenges of our technological age. As we know, technology was meant to make all of our lives easier, and to some great degree it has. We can communicate with greater ease, navigate unknown terrain with GPS, and check our heart rate variability with iPhone apps. But with our phones, computers, and tablets, adults and kids alike must juggle many more opportunities for distraction.

Developing the skillful habit of bringing oneself into a state of attention can help us learn how to set simple and achievable goals. For example, if we know that we have a hard time paying attention, we can set ourselves up with tools that help us not only build our capacity for attention but also help us optimize our efforts. Maybe we figure out, over time and with practice, that we are freshest and clearest when work for twenty minutes at a time with regular two-minute breaks.

Student engagement is often the number one thing that we look for in our students, and there are many ways of getting there, and many challenges along the way. All teachers know that there are various strategies for keeping students engaged in their lessons (small group work, games, 1-minute discussions). All of these strategies can be used in the Wellness classes, too.

With that in mind, by the seventh week of the curriculum, you will be facilitating “Movement Labs” for the students. In the Movement Labs, students will create sequences from the poses that they have learned so far, and begin to understand that they have developed a movement and concentration vocabulary.

In our final week of the pre-training, your quiz and takeaway will be based on this Movement Lab exercise. You will draw from the list of poses that you have learned so far and compose your own sequence of up to eight poses. This sequence should feel balanced and intelligent. Write your sequence in the response form, and send it in. We will try out your sequences during the training!

Thanks very much for your participation!

Quiz

In week five, you will begin to apply the knowledge that you have learned by creating your own sequence.

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