I read recently on some efficiency blog that teachers at Montesorri schools (which push a self-directed style of learning) do this thing where they ask the class, “Are you ready?” Apparently it’s a technique geared at getting kids to focus and prepare themselves for learning.
I love it. Are we ready?
Before I run out the door in the morning, with 298347 to-dos on my mind, I ask, Are we ready to do the day well? Before I return a call to Mum, after running around frazzled all day, I pause and ask, Are we ready to give the conversation the care and attention it needs? Before I sit down to write this blog, Are we ready to do it with heart?
It’s like a little full-stop at the end of one activity. And a nice considered launch pad for the next. It’s a breather.
Are we ready? If not, then abort. Back away for a bit. Come back later. That’s cool.