What is mindful teaching? Mindful teaching occurs when one is aware of the self, aware of the environment, and engages in compassion (towards self and other) as a result. Awareness of the self means the teacher understands how she perceives with all her senses, which involves both cognitive and non-cognitive processes.
What are the benefits of mindfulness for teachers?
- Mindfulness helps teachers understand our own emotions better. Exercise: Centering.
- Mindfulness helps us communicate more effectively with students.
- Mindfulness helps us manage students we find difficult.
- Mindfulness helps us set up a positive learning environment.
How can mindfulness be used in the classroom? Practicing mindfulness in the classroom can help students lessen anxiety and negative thinking. Through breath control and guided imagery techniques, students focus on experiencing and engaging with their surroundings. Mindfulness practice has become an increasingly popular element in today’s classrooms.
Can mindfulness make us better teachers? While the practice of mindfulness is never a “cure-all”, research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills—and, in turn, improve their teaching.