Being mindful is more than paying attention, on purpose, without judgement or judgmental thoughts. Although every human has the potential to be attentive, only through regular practice can one fully realize the advantages of this ability.
All the time, our thoughts change. Following one’s ideas is an endless cycle. Students and instructors alike may benefit much from practicing mindfulness in the classroom. Here, we’ll go through eight ways teachers may incorporate mindfulness into the classroom. Both instructors and students may benefit from these simple mindfulness exercises. Let’s read further.
Have the pupils take 60 seconds to settle down and focus on the task to kick off the lesson. Include a concentration on a certain sound in the environment, a visual you supply (such as a dot on paper or an abstract picture on a screen), or even their breathing. In the first year of primary school, try 15 seconds. In the secondary level, you should start with 20-30 seconds.
If you want to get someone’s attention, utilise an instrument that produces a sound that lingers, such as a bell or wind chime. Tell the class to listen and signal with a hand raise when they can no longer hear anything. After everyone agrees that the noise has ended, have the kids sit quietly for one minute and then ask them to describe what they heard.
One Minute for Good
As a warm-up to the lesson, have the class take a moment to think about anything positive that has happened recently or for which they are thankful. There are various ways to do this, including writing, pair-sharing, and small- and large-group conversations. Students are more likely to behave well in larger groups, especially in the early elementary years.
Morning Classroom Conversations
Students in middle & high school may start the day off on the right foot by reading a statement that can spark a discussion and lead to positive peer support. The pupils will be more engaged and relaxed with this strategy all day. Moreover, it might encourage children to ask questions when they come up.
Encourage your pupils to take three slow, deep breaths anytime they feel anxious or tense, such as before a class change or when they first notice it. Teachers should demonstrate these breathing exercises and help pupils get started with visual reminders and encouraging signals. This will help them to stay calm in times when they are anxious.
Teachers would do well to practise mindfulness of the body. As you interact with your pupils or coworkers, remember to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. Take three deep breaths (or more if you need to) whenever you sense stress or breathing becomes shallow or laboured. Don’t be bashful about letting your class or coworkers know you need a break to breathe.
Speak Your Mantra
Create a mantra that will constantly remind you to stay grounded and focused. Utilise this mantra when things seem to be going well and when they are not. Display it in prominent areas since it is easy to lose track of our highest ideals when feeling emotionally overwhelmed.
At the conclusion of class, instructors may solicit student feedback on the day’s activities and any noteworthy takeaways or last thoughts they’d like to share with the class. This will give them enough time to think about the day and be ready to tackle the back half of the afternoon with optimism.
Building a positive and mindful environment does not take much effort, just 8 exercises. These exercises have greatly contributed to the growth of the students over the years. At BIPS Patiala, we make sure to follow every routine that can enhance the mindfulness of the class and create better coordination between teachers and students.