Who is a mindful teacher? 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 does being a mindful teacher mean to you? Mindfulness happens when teachers and students simply pay attention to the experiences of paying attention. Mindfulness helps develop awareness by supporting emotion management, reducing stress and disciplining the mind. When minds are stressed, it’s difficult to focus.
Why is it important for teachers to be mindful? Practicing mindful awareness helps you develop the skill of paying attention in the present moment and learning to see what’s truly happening in your classroom, allowing you to come up with better solutions to problems you see.
How do teachers stay mindful?
- Take a moment to breathe. It sounds strange, but sometimes we get so caught up in our day that we actually forget to breathe.
- Listen carefully.
- Ground yourself.
- Use your sense of smell.
- Try a change of scenery.
- Walk mindfully.
- Make an authentic connection.