Mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment – to what's happening in your body, your mind or your surroundings, for example – in a non-judgemental way. Mindfulness describes a way of approaching our thoughts and feelings so that we become more aware of them and react differently to them.
· Strengthens attention and concentration.
· Reduces anxiety before testing.
· Improves classroom participation.
· Enhances social and emotional learning.
· Increases responsiveness to students' needs.
· Supports stress management and stress reduction.
· Enhances classroom climate.
Quoted from Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness by Deborah Schoeberlein
In 2016 staff at STARS received a programme of training in mindfulness, first implementing the practice into their own lives before learning how to teach mindfulness to our pupils. We have since introduced regular mindfulness practice into the curriculum. Our mindfulness sessions are 10 minutes long and can consist of breathing techniques for relaxation, mindful walking, meditation, mindful colouring, or present moment awareness activities.
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