What Can You Do In Five Minutes?

  • Listen to a songhigh five
  • Organize your desk
  • Read status updates on Facebook
  • Breathe and be thankful
  • Score a multiple-choice quiz
  • Brush your teeth
  • Eat your lunch ( if you had to J )
  • Check the weather
  • Download an e-book
  • Talk with a student about the effort they are showing and how it’s a sign of strong character


There are many actions we can take in a five-minute time period. Some of those actions we do out of necessity for ourselves, others we choose to do out of necessity for others. Our students—those eager to learn and those less eager to learn—crave acknowledgement. In the fast pace of curriculum expectations it’s easy to focus on the product of our teaching and neglect the person of our teaching.

Take a moment and find at least one student today who would benefit from your attention and acknowledge them for who they are.

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About Mark Reardon

Mark Reardon is the Chief Learning Officer at Quantum Learning Education and has been with the company for more than 11 years. He was previously the founding principal at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, California.

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