Lesson Plan

Making Judgements: Is it True?

In this lesson, students will engage in inquiry, a powerful mindfulness practice to work with judgements about oneself and others.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to investigate their thinking and practice inquiry to recognize and understand judgements.

Introduction

(15 minutes)
Comic Book: Using Inquiry
  • Ask students to come together in a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Ask students to come into mindful bodies, and to take a few deep breaths into their bellies. Ask them to envision a frog's throat as they puff their bellies, just like a frog's throat may be puffed out.
  • Guide them to breathe naturally and notice their breath at one point as they breathe. Perhaps they can focus on feeling the breath in their nose, throat, or belly.
  • As the students hold their attention at one point, mention to them that it is normal if their minds wander. If this happens, ask students to slowly bring their attention back to their breath.
  • Tell students that when they notice a thought, they can label it in their mind as "thinking...thinking..." Then, they should gently come back to the feeling of their breath.
  • Pause so students can practice mindfulness.
  • After 2–3 minutes, guide students to take one more full breath into their belly. As they breathe out, ask them to slowly open their eyes.
  • Ask students, "What did you notice? How did you feel?"
  • Ask students to raise their hands if they noticed thoughts. Ask them to raise their hands if they were able to label their thoughts as "thinking...thinking..."
  • Explain to the class that when we practice mindfulness, we can bring space between us and our thoughts.
  • Ask the class, "What helped bring space between you and your thoughts in the session? Focusing on the breath? Labeling thoughts?"
  • Explain to them that another way to create space around thoughts and beliefs is through inquiry.
  • Ask the class, "Are all of your thoughts true?" Explain that our thoughts are often incorrect.
  • Remind students that mindfulness and inquiry can help us watch our thoughts. Instead of getting caught up in an untrue story, and we can inquire about the thoughts.
  • Write the word "inquiry" on the board, and ask the class what they think it means.
  • Guide them to look at the root word "inquire." Have students reflect on what they think this means.
  • Write the following defintion for inquiry on the board: "To ask questions or investigate."