As a teacher, you have 13 days from Thanksgiving Break to Christmas. In those 13 days, you are often expected to assess their mid-year performance among other daily tasks. These days are far from normal, as the kids are hyped about returning from too much Turkey and are filled with anticipation of Santa’s arrival. However, as a parent, you are dealing with the aftermath of having a child home with you as you prepare a feast, and are cramming your last days of freedom before having them with you in 13 days full-time. Never the less, it’s stressful to say the least.
What I have noticed is that a child’s body, either at home or in the classroom, will demonstrate what is going on cognitively. If a child’s brain is processing rapidly, so their body will as well. And if a child’s is stumped on something or is having a not-so great day, often they may appear lethargic or distant, which is when you bring out the three-minute frenzy.
The three-minute frenzy is when you give a child or student three-minutes to do anything they physically need to do re-focus. It is wise to set parameters first before you have a student climbing kitchen cabinets or getting out the hot glue gun in your classroom, but other than that it is a time for students to get everything out physically. I play the theme from Mission Impossible and the rest is up to the individual student, with the student understanding that when the three minutes is up they return as if they have pushed a reset button.
Think of this way, when we give a child a chance to get every response or wiggle out that they are feeling physically, they are actively creating a clear channel to process new information. The results will astound you and they will have brighter inner crowns by what you as a parent or teacher have shown them what to do, which isn’t that what we all want?