I stumbled on something odd this last year with what was one of the most challenging classes I've ever had, so bear with me for the exposition.
This class is a mess. They had a really awkward beginner experience couple with a really interesting collection of special needs. It was also placed as the last class of the day.
First, I was super committed to this class being a success - my own kid was in it, so I was always looking for things that worked.
I had read an article about meditation really being effective for brain waves and how that affected students with ADHD and mixed that in with my own observations. So I convinced them to try it with me - a moment of peace. (OK, we started with 30 seconds and worked our way up). We started calling it our P.O.P. moment. We had a Piece Of Peace.
We sat with our eyes closed, hands on our knees and worked on thinking of nothing.
We debriefed after we did it.
Intersestingly, that minute spent helped my kids have more focus and concentration that I had experienced before and I was surprised by that. In my own experience, I could actually feel my brain tingle and calm down, and my muscles let go when I took that one moment to stop beinng baraged by constant noise. Read up on how hoise affects us - it's fascinating. Essentially we are in the business of organizing noise from chaos into music.
Anyway, the kids saw that it worked. They loved it. If I forgot, they asked for it. Now, I realize that every concert is supposed to better than the last, but if my regular groups made a foot's work of progress, this group typically barely gained an inch and it was a hard-fought inch. They made more gains towards their last concert than I had ever seen them have in the prior two years and it was far less effort on my part to get them there.
That last sentence is the payoff. You have tofind ways to be more efficient with your energies. This weird little POP moment saved me countless spoons (if you aren't familiar with spoon theory, google it).