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10 ways to share mindfulness in the classroom.

10 ways to share mindfulness in the classroom. Kotus Rising

Here’s 10 ways to share mindfulness in the classroom.

1. Begin each day with a short mindfulness session. This can include activities such as breathing exercises, guided visualizations, or group meditation. These activities will help students to become more mindful and aware of the present moment – an important life skill for success both in school and beyond.

2. Incorporate mindfulness into existing lesson plans by having students observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment while they work on tasks or engage in lessons. This encourages self-reflection and encourages them to remain present with their work, as well as be aware of what distracts them and how that might affect their academic performance.

3. Incorporate mindfulness breaks throughout the day where students practice simple breathing techniques or perform some other calming activity such as drawing or writing in a journal. These breaks provide an opportunity for students to regroup and refocus throughout the day which can help them stay on task longer and better manage stress levels.

4. Introduce games such as mindful movement, sound awareness, or attention focus which encourage students to hone in on the present moment through physical movement or taking time to observe sounds in the environment around them.

5. Give students guidance on how to handle difficult emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, envy, sadness, etc., by teaching them cognitive tools such as reframing negative thoughts into positive ones or ways of talking themselves down when feeling overwhelmed.

6. Involve parents by providing materials for home practice as well as tips for incorporating mindful activities into family routines that everyone can benefit from (for instance taking five minutes before meals to go around the table and share something positive that happened during the day). Or ask parents to sit in silence for one minute as a family in gratitude of family time and food.

7. Use artwork to introduce concepts like compassion, empathy and gratitude – have student draw pictures or make collages of things they’re grateful for or situations where they experienced kindness from others. This helps develop these qualities within each student which can then be mirrored out into everyday life outside of school hours too!

8. Include books about mindfulness in your reading list so that students can access stories that feature characters learning how to be mindful in different situations (meditation classes at school, helping parent deal with stress at home etc.).

9. Allow for moments of stillness where you allow student to just sit quietly allowing them time just ‘be’ without any expectations placed upon them – this gives children space to tap into their inner emotions/thoughts so they can begin understanding who they are more deeply!

10. Create a thoughtful classroom environment where you demonstrate calmness yourself – use non-judgmental language towards student errors, don’t raise your voice when addressing misbehaviour & create a kind atmosphere of acceptance rather than punishment when mistakes are made; this will give children an incentive toward self-improvement because they won’t feel scared/intimidated whenever they make mistakes!

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