Mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment with non-judgement. (Jon Kabat Zinn) Mindfulness is based on focused attention and relaxation.
Recognize your emotion
Allow the emotion to be present
Investigate the emotion with kindness
Non-identifying with emotion
Mindfulness is NOT:
- Turning off the brain
- Avoiding difficult feelings
- Escaping from reality
Focus on the present moment:
- What are you feeling in your body?
- What emotions are you experiencing?
Benefits for students:
- Promotes academic performance
- Strengthens attention and concentration
- Reduces anxiety
- Promotes self-regulation
- Supports impulse control
- Fosters pro-social behavior and healthy relationships
What does mindfulness look like in the classroom?
- Children's Literature: characters model mindfulness and self-regulation skills
- Guided visualizations and breathing exercises
- Mindful movements: yoga and stretching
- Sensory experiences: music, observations, exploring textures
- Cultivating kindness: positive affirmations, making a difference in the lives of others
- Calm Corner: students are self-referred to take a break and rejoin the class when they are ready to learn
- Mindful language: "mindful body" "focus" "still" "calm" "take an anchor breath to refocus on the present"
How Are You Feeling?
Zones of Regulation:
Blue Zone: slow moving
- sick, sad, tired, bored
Green Zone: ready to learn
- happy, calm, focused, ready to learn
Yellow Zone: some loss of control
- frustrated, worried, silly, excited
Red Zone: out of control
- mad, mean, terrified, yelling/hitting