Take a Mental Health Break!

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“Can we take a mindfulness break?”

I had just outlined for my junior AP English language and composition students the remaining weeks of the school year, which included two essays, a final exam, an AP exam, and a short transitional unit into AP literature concepts. A few were visibly daunted by the ideas of dwindling time and high-pressure assessments, so I wasn’t too surprised when one girl sitting near the front of the classroom made this request.

“Can we take a mindfulness break?”

It’s a question that I encourage the kids in all three of my courses – English 2, AP English, and IB literature HL – to ask when they are feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or tense. Continue reading