After a crazy first week back to school in 2022 with ice days and snow days, we finally had a full week of school. A perfect time to refresh students minds of rules and expectations AND show them a new tool they can use. This tool is a Meta-Moment (a part of our RULER curriculum).
So last week I started out having students think about their best self. What would you be feeling if you were your best self? What might you be doing? After thinking of several examples I took it a step further… what might happen to cause you to act in a way that is not your best self? What would that look like? What feelings would you have? What about others?
After a great conversation I shared with this class the poster below of the steps to take when taking a Meta-Moment. We discussed it. We acted out some scenarios. As I looked around the room I thought, “Wow! They’re getting it. At least most of them. James in the back row hasn’t said a word though. I wonder if he’s not paying attention or deep in thought. I made a note to myself to check in with James later.
As we are finishing up our discussion a student runs into the classroom interrupting and shouting, “Nancy!! I have you’re play phone. You left it at my house.”
Without thinking I turn to the door and say sternly, “Patty, go try that again,” pointing to the door. As I turn back to the class to finish our discussion on a Meta-Moment I see James’ hand raised and call on him.
“Ms. W. You forgot to take a Meta-Moment just now. Remember… think about your best self. Breath. How can you talk to Patty differently?”
“You’re absolutely right, James. That’s how easy it is to forget and why we must practice. Thanks for the reminder.”
Guess he was paying attention and soaking it all in! I’ll need to remind myself of this lesson too!