Focus

To direct one’s attention or efforts

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 9-12
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Stretch
  • Excercise:  Standing Thigh Stretch
  • Target:  Thighs + Balance
  • Equipment:  Chair or Desk
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Place your right hand on a chair or desk for stabilization
3. Balancing on your right foot (keep the right knee slightly bent), use your left hand to grab ahold of your left foot
4. Bend your left elbow and draw your left foot toward your left glute
5. Stand tall and don’t look down, keeping the chest lifted
6. Pull your left knee down as you pull your left hip up, stretching your left thigh (imagine a rubber band in your thigh)
7. Hold and focus on your breath
8. Repeat (right side)

Reflect

You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Focus mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

What are some factors that have distracted you from focusing in the past? What are some strategies that can help you stay focused?

Present

Think critically about the word FOCUS. What are some different ways that others might interpret this word?

Future

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself about focus?

Real-World Connection

Family

Reflect on something your family puts a great deal of focus into. Why does this thing require their focus? Is this something you want to continue to focus on in your future?

Learning Environment

How do you prefer your learning environment to look and sound when you need to focus?

Community

Focus your attention on an individual community member and create an art piece to celebrate them.

Academic Connection

ELA

Which genre of literature do you tend to focus on the most, and which do you focus on the least? What factors influence what you focus on?

Social Studies

Why do different news organizations choose to focus on different types of stories? How do they determine where to put their focus?

STEM

In what ways can technology distract a person from focusing? How can technology help someone focus? Consider ways you can adjust your relationship with technology to help you improve your focus.

Fun Fact

The longest duration of juggling three objects is 12 hours and 5 minutes, achieved by American David Slick at a public library in Texas, on July 22, 2009. During his attempt, David listened to music to stay focused.