During classes saturday we talked about focusing our mind. We had a lot of fun with this. We teach our students focusing your mind is thinking aobut what you are doing. That is the start of it. I used coloring a picture as an example of how we think about what we are doing. I asked the students if they were coloring a picture what are you thinking about? They all answered im thinking about coloring! Of course but if that is all you did then you were color all over the palce. Do we meed to think about staying in the lines? If you are coloring a picture of goofy for example, and you want to color his hat, do you just randomly pick a color? No, you think and rememebr that his hat is green and you choose the green crayon.
These examples might seem simple but it starts to put thinking about what we are doing into perspecticve for the students. Now of course we then went on with examples for our techniques in class, but we always make a connection to home and school with the students.