I decided to start a blog to create a platform for sharing and learning mindful teaching strategies. Through mindfulness, students gain the confidence to express themselves and give their best efforts with an expectation of a learning experience rather than failure.
“What is a mindful teaching strategy?” you ask. It is teaching and offering students positive, alternative coping mechanisms to deal with their negative thoughts and self-doubt. The list of mindfulness strategies is vast, but here are a few that I use:
- cleansing breaths
- quick writes
- positive affirmation statements
- color therapy
- positive posters
Where do you find the time to incorporate these strategies? Some are as easy as decorating the classroom. For some of the other strategies, you’re gonna have to be more intentional. It may be tough initially, but try and weave them into your lessons. Start as soon as school begins to set the tone.
Throughout the years, I have learned students perform better when they feel good about themselves. Test scores don’t even begin to define students. Getting to know them, creating a safe environment conducive to learning, giving them a voice, incorporating their gifts and talents into learning and using mistakes to teach problem solving will give you a more comprehensive picture of the student.
As a side note, it is imperative that teachers practice mindfulness themselves. Sometimes we pour so much into others that we fail to adequately take care of ourselves, thus leaving us not nearly as effective as we would like to be.
I honestly do not know where this journey will lead, but I welcome the new venture. I look forward to hearing from those who make learning an unforgettable experience in the most magnificent way. Your efforts are truly appreciated …thank you!