Make Time for Mindfulness and Reap the Benefits
After a raucous lunch period, that included a playground scuffle, I watched my students come running up the ramp towards my classroom and a wave of anxiety came over me. I had big plans that were not going to work well with this kind of energy. Not to mention, I was saddened by their happy excitement over getting to witness some physical violence on the playground. I calmly explained how their reaction made me feel, gross pretty much sums it up, and we spent five minutes in a mindful sit before beginning our work. After the sit I asked them to reflect on what their hearts, bodies and minds felt like both before and after the sit. Students shared things like, "Before the sit I felt all tight, and now I feel loose and relaxed." One student compared it to having "so many thoughts like a bunch of tabs open in a browser and then everything was cleared and I could focus on my work".
Listen to the mindful sit on Soundcloud. Miss Angelina is our favorite.
Read more student before and after observations on this Padlet. Get a Hyperdoc version of this lesson HERE. Please click on <file> and <make a copy> to add this lesson to your Google drive, then you will be able to modify it to fit the needs of your students.
I don't have time for one more thing in my class, just to be still breath seems like a waste of precious time.
We have been doing an informal status check before and after mindfulness since this first time with the Padlet. Sometimes it's just a quick share with the class if you feel comfortable, sometimes it happens in a smaller group with elbow partners, and sometimes I have them take sketchnotes of their before and after status check (see below).
- Why don't they feel differently?
- Why were they not able to get into the sit?
- Was it the wrong sit?
If you use the Mindful Life Project App you can choose to focus on gratitude, heartfulness, mindful thinking, mindful listening, or a body scan. As you become familiar with the sits, you will become better at choosing the right sit for that moment.