Your mind is full thoughts running through it and you can’t focus or pay attention to what you are doing. We all experience this. Think about our students coming into class as they move quickly through the masses in the hallways and the chatter going on within a 5 minute duration. They finally arrive, rush to find a seat, and start navigating through their bag to find the right book. Now they are expected to learn and retain all this information we are about to give them.
What else is on their mind? They may be thinking about what their friend just told them and now they are trying to make sense of it or sort it out.
Perhaps we should dedicate a small amount of time before we begin to teach, to help our students relax and quiet their minds, slow down their heart rates from that sprint to class, and prepare them for the information we are about to pass on.
This time does not need to be a formal meditation practice. We can just ask our students to keep their bodies still and quiet for a few minutes because as the body relaxes, the mind will follow.