“Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity.” (http://www.mindfuleducation.org/whatismindfulness.html) With all of the hustle and bustle in the classroom, I wonder if our students might benefit from practicing mindfulness on a daily basis.
“Mindfulness practices help students focus and pay attention. A few minutes of mindfulness practice can improve the learning environment. Many teachers report that on the days when students practice mindfulness, the students are calmer and the class accomplishes more than on days when mindfulness is not practiced”. http://www.mindfuleducation.org/whatismindfulness.htm
The goal is for children to learn to use mindfulness techniques whenever they need to calm themselves and refocus their energy and attention. Such a refocusing could enhance concentration, memory, and learning, as well as facilitate a more productive and relaxed—less anxious and stressful—school environment. Through bringing increased awareness to the external environment and to the internal experience of the body and the mind, children will likely benefit psychologically and emotionally, as well as through gaining a general sense of well being. http://www.mindfuleducation.org/mindfulnessforchildren.pdf
What effects would starting your day with a mindfulness practice have on you and your class?