Focus

To direct one’s attention or efforts

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 6-8
  • 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

Do you find it easier to focus on your schoolwork when you are in school or at home? Why?

Present

What are some factors that distract you from focusing? What are some strategies that help you stay focused?

Future

Describe an activity or goal that you would like to put your focus into in the future.

Real-World Connection

Family

Reflect on something your family puts a great deal of focus into. Why does this thing require focus?

Learning Environment

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

Community

What happens when you focus on the individual members of a community rather than the whole group?

Academic Connection

ELA

Have you ever felt your focus drift while reading? What strategies do you use to keep yourself focused?

Social Studies

Describe some events that have become a point of focus in the news lately. Who has made these events a public focal point?

STEM

In what ways can technology distract a person from focusing? How can technology help someone 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.