Benefits of having a mindful classroom
Getting children to start their journey to be more mindful whilst at school has huge benefits not only for children but also teachers and ultimately the school.
Mindfulness is defined in several ways. We see it as a tool that gives children the ability to increase their emotional intelligence which will in turn develops the skills needed to maximise their opportunities both in and out of school.
So, let’s look closer at the benefits:
Having a mindful classroom will increase open and honest communication amongst children. Children will be able to better communicate their feelings by learning tools such as ‘X makes me feel Y and I do / don’t like this because…….’ Children feel more comfortable talking about their feelings which will result in stronger, more meaningful relationships and bonds being created. Conflict resolution will also be quicker.
Being mindful will mean children communicate more openly.
Communicating openly increases relationships and trust.
Benefit for children: They will be able to express themselves in a clearer way, feeling their views will be respected
Benefit for teachers: Children have the tools to resolve differences quicker which will save teaching time
Benefit for schools: Better communication saves valuable teaching time meaning teachers can get on with what they do best…..teach
By promoting mindfulness you are giving children the tools to reduce their worries, stress and anxiety. Children will be armed with the ability to handle negative thoughts and remain balanced and positive.
Being mindful reduces anxiety.
Reducing anxiety means children have a more positive mindset
Benefit for children: They feel great about themselves
Benefit for teachers: Children able to focus more on work
Benefit for schools: A happy environment where all can thrive
Mindful exercises give children the tools to reduce their heightened senses which occur during conflict and remain calm and controlled. This calmness allows more rational decision making and quicker conflict resolution.
Being mindful gives children the tools to quickly resolve conflict
Quick conflict resolution results in increased relationships
Benefit for children: They will argue less
Benefit for teachers: More teaching time saved
Benefit for school: Happier environment
Being mindful allows children to find new ways to appreciate and respect each other. For those who are already friends it reinforces reasons for their friendship and for those they are not friends with they will discover bonds and mutual appreciation that could develop into friendship. Having a more mindful class will also increase teacher – student relationships.
Being mindful creates better relationships
Better relationships create a more harmonious environment
Benefit for children: They will have more appreciation for those they believe they have differences with
Benefit for teachers: Better teacher – student relationship and classroom environment
Benefit for schools: Less interruptions in class and a more respectful environment
Increase focus and attention
Being mindful helps focus in two ways. Firstly it gives children the tools to ‘put away’ distracting thoughts and concentrate on the task in hand. Secondly it helps you ‘rewire’ your brain to deal with worries, nerves and other distracting thoughts. In doing so you increase your focus on what is directly in front of you.
Being mindful increases attention
Increased attention results in smarter learners
Benefit for children: Increased ability to complete the task at hand
Benefit for teachers: Increased understanding and less distraction. More teaching time!
Benefit for schools: Increase change of bettering grades
Being mindful increases a child’s ability to control their behaviour. It teaches children to focus on what is bothering them and the choices they can make. Being mindful increases a child’s ability to turn a negative into a positive and arms them with the ability to diffuse and self regulate in situations where they may otherwise misbehave and take a turn for the worse.
Being mindful increases behaviour
Better behaviour saves teachers time
Benefit for children: More calm and able to self-regulate
Benefit for teachers: Increases ability to teach rather than deal with behaviour issues
Benefit for schools: More calm environment where everyone feels positive
Increased self awareness
Being mindful increases a child’s self awareness. Through the exercises that mindfulness teach children will start to focus on the reasons behind their actions and what triggers certain reactions. They begin to understand how the body can self regulate and as a result learn the environments they flourish in and what to look out. They will also be more sensitive to other children’s needs.
Being mindful increases self awareness.
Self awareness allows children to understand how they operate and how to self-regulate
Benefit for children: Increased understanding as to how they operate
Benefit for teachers: A more positive energy around the class which will reduce disruptions
Benefit for schools: A culture of positivity and self understanding.
Unleash the power of breathing
Being mindful encourages children to breathe properly. It may sound strange as we have to breathe to survive but do we really think about it? By learning how to breathe properly children are able to see how they can self regulate and transform negative situations into positive ones.
Being mindful unleashes the power of breathing.
The power of breathing allows children to self regulate better
Benefit for children: Remain more positive and increase attention span
Benefit for teachers: Less behavioural disruptions in class
Benefit for schools: More calm environment and increased ability to handle SAT pressure
Promotes being calm
Having a mindful class will promote calmness for children. This calm environment will help children who have any apprehensions be more at ease and increase focus and attention whilst promoting a positive environment.
Being mindful promotes a calm atmosphere.
A calm atmosphere encourages children to flourish and reduces worries.
Benefit for children:Increase their attention and promotes a positive environment
Benefit for teachers: A more pleasant working experience
Benefit for schools: A calm environment throughout the school
Being mindful gives children the tools to remain positive. Even in situations where they feel anything but positive they will have the ability to regulate, get back to base and turn their feelings into positive ones. Being mindful will give children the fundamental skills to think more positively about situations and how to avoid making situations worse for themselves.
Being mindful promotes a positive mindset
A positive mindset results in happier children
Benefit for children: Happier, more determined to succeed and driven to achieve their goals
Benefit for teachers: More pleasant work environment and less time needed to get children back on task. (Increased teaching time).
Benefit for school: Less behavioural issues and more learning time
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