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.
· Increases responsiveness to students' needs.
· Supports stress management and stress reduction.
· Enhances classroom climate.
· Strengthens attention and concentration.
· Reduces anxiety before testing.
· Improves classroom participation.
· Enhances social and emotional learning.
Quoted from Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness by Deborah Schoeberlein
Staff at STARS received a programme of training in mindfulness between September 2015 and June 2016, first implementing the practice into their own lives before learning how to teach mindfulness to our pupils. We have since introduced a 10 minute mindfulness session at the start of each school day.
The mindfulness practice each day is referred to as a ‘Mindful Moment’ and can consist of breathing techniques for relaxation, meditation, mindful colouring, or present moment awareness activities. These sessions run from 9:15am to 9:25am and provide a transition from the outside world to our learning environment at Drapers.
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