Mindfulness practice in the classroom
Why not incorporate mindfulness into your classroom?
You can practise your daily routine and share the benefits with children and young people by:
- giving them the opportunity to learn mindfulness meditation techniques
- sharing how mindfulness increases self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and better decision-making
- encouraging them to identify situations when they feel mindfulness would be helpful
- encouraging children and young people (and your colleagues) to use the Smiling Mind website to learn more about and practise mindfulness
- using mindfulness to focus in on a particular skill (for example, self-awareness).
Not all children or young people will be interested or engaged with mindfulness, and that’s OK. Offer it as an optional classroom activity and invite children to participate in their own time.
Consider having information available for families so they can support the practice at home.
Involving families and helping them understand what mindfulness is and how it supports their children’s learning means that the whole learning community can benefit from the practice. You could invite families to sit in on a classroom mindfulness session (Smiling Mind has resources to develop your skills in facilitating mindfulness meditation) or talk to your leadership team about teaching mindfulness as part of your social and emotional curriculum.
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How to practise mindfulness
Practising mindfulness can help to promote positive wellbeing for you and your learning community. Learn more about how.