Lesson Plan

One Thing at a Time

In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of doing one thing at a time and listen to the book *What Does It Mean to Be Present?*. Then, they will experience the inefficiency of multitasking by doing three things at once.
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Learning Objectives

Students understand the benefits of doing one thing at a time rather than multitasking.


(10 minutes)
Doing One Thing at a Time
  • Join the class in a circle, either seated on a rug or in chairs.
  • Act out a scene where you attempt to do three things at once, such as cleaning the board, checking emails, and looking at papers.
  • Ask the students to notice what you are doing, and how you are doing it.
  • Ask them to watch you again. However, this time, complete each task one at a time with full focus and attention.
  • Ask the class what they noticed. How was the second time different from the first?
  • Ask if they think it's better to complete three things at once, or one thing at a time, and have them explain their answers.