Tools to STOP
Students will be able to practice the STOP mindfulness method and write raps and poems on mindfulness using the STOP acronym.
- Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
- Pass out whiteboards and whiteboard markers.
- Explain to students that you will play a song and they will write down words that stand out for them, or draw pictures that represent what they hear.
- Play the song and video "I'm Inspired" by JusTme.
- Ask students to share what they wrote or drew on their whiteboards.
- Ask, "How can we make mindfulness (focusing on the present moment with kindness and curiosity) a lifestyle?"
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Explain that having tools to remind us to live more fully in the present moment can be helpful.
- Ask, "What are some tools that you may already use to remind you to bring mindfulness to the present moment?"
- Project the STOP image on the board.
- Ask for student volunteers to read through each letter in the acronym.
- Practice STOP together.
- Explain that they can use STOP a few times a day to help them to stay focused and find calm in the present moment.
- Explain that you will ring a chime and the class will practice the STOP tool at least once every day.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Review the STOP Rap worksheet with the class.
- Play the video "Background Beat / Rap Beat Instrumental" that they may use for their rap.
- Break students into groups of 3–4 students.
- Explain that they will be performing their rap/song for the class at the end.
- Dismiss students to work together in groups in different areas of classroom to work on their song or rap.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Dismiss students back to their seats to work in groups.
- Ring the chime half way through their work period.
- Project the STOP image.
- Guide students through the STOP method.
Enrichment: Ask advanced students to write their own acronym to remind them to bring mindfulness to the present moment.
Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during group work time that need extra support.
- Walk around the room and check student comprehension during group work.
- Collect STOP Rap worksheets with raps to check comprehension.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Bring students back together in a circle.
- Ask students to perform their rap or poem.
- Play background music (optional).
- Ask students to facilitate P-Q-S (or offer praise, ask questions, and make suggestions) after each presentation.
- Remind them that they will practice STOP once a day and that you will ask for student volunteers to guide the class in the STOP method.
- Encourage them and congratulate them on a job well done!