Daily Intentions Mindfulness Exercise

As I mentioned in a previous post on creating mindful practices in the classroom, daily mindfulness exercises promote attention, focus, and compassion in the classroom! I wanted to talk more in depth about one of my favorite mindfulness exercises. It is perfect for a check-in activity with specific students or a classroom mindfulness activity to start the day on the right foot.

Use daily intentions as a classroom mindfulness activity to start the day on the right foot! Perfect for classroom or check-in procedures. School Counseling Mindfulness Exercises for Mindful Mornings

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Classroom Mindfulness Activity: Setting Daily Intentions

Daily Intentions

Setting daily intentions is exactly what it sounds like: students determine what they want to accomplish that day. This could be an academic goal, a behavior goal, or a social goal. You can have your students write down their goals or just think about them, but writing down the goals makes them feel more concrete!

After students have decided what they want to accomplish for the day, begin a mindfulness exercise. Students will tune in to their current states. They will notice how they are feeling. They will notice the thoughts they are beginning their day with.

Then, they’ll consider how their current state of feeling and thinking will help or hurt them as they work toward their daily intentions. What changes do they need to make? What can they do, think, or say that will help them to realign toward their daily intentions?

Your students may have mantras they use to help them realign, they may need to visit a calming area, write in a journal, write a note, or something else to take ownership of the process. As your students become more aware of their own states and how these affect their interactions with others and success in the classroom, give them the space to self-correct with strategies they have identified to be personally meaningful. While this may take 10-15 minutes during the day, it will certainly pay dividends in the long run as students are able to self-regulate and point themselves toward their goals.

Supporting Materials

Mindfulness Cards:

If you’re not sure where to start with leading your students through a mindfulness exercise, these mindfulness cards are the perfect set to get you started! There are 26 mindfulness scripts, including a daily intentions script. There’s also a student journal for self-reflection to promote self-awareness and watercolor posters to create a mindfulness space in the room.

Use daily intentions as a classroom mindfulness activity to start the day on the right foot! Perfect for classroom or check-in procedures. School Counseling Mindfulness Exercises for Mindful Mornings

Breathe Like a Bear:

During Amazon Prime Day, I picked up Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey. The book has 30 mindfulness exercises for students, and one in particular is perfect for a daily intentions activity. It’s called Today I’m Going to Be… Students can focus on how they want to treat others during the day, which is a great way to use mindfulness to promote classroom community and positive peer relationships! Get a copy on Amazon with the link below:

Use daily intentions as a classroom mindfulness activity to start the day on the right foot! Perfect for classroom or check-in procedures. School Counseling Mindfulness Exercises

How are you using mindfulness to help your students begin the day on the right foot? Share your favorite classroom mindfulness activity in the comments section!

5 thoughts on “Daily Intentions Mindfulness Exercise

    1. Hi Daniel, I just checked out your site – looks great! Do you use your humandala cards with kids as well? We are always looking for activities for our elementary crowd.

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