Put directions to an ASSET tool at the top of a study guide or homework
This week’s bite-sized PD comes from an idea I learned from my coworker. On all of his study guides, he included tips for how to take effective study breaks. These tips ranged from practicing a Mindful Body Scan to taking seven deep breaths (instead of turning to their phones). While all students might not practice a breathing exercise when they need a break at home, I look at this study guide strategy as a war of attrition. Over time, if you routinely expose students to small ways they can reduce their stress, the odds increase that more students will give such practices a try outside the classroom. This idea works for homework, too!
About the Author
Brent Modak followed the example set by his grandfather and entered the classroom first as a middle school teacher before moving up to teach high school history. As a member of the ASSET team, Brent helped develop the curriculum and led in the implementation of the program across all of ASSET’s partner schools. When not teaching Brent enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and newborn baby, Lewis.