MINDFULNESS: Why Mindfulness Is Important For Teachers, too!
There has been so much research and enthusiasm for mindfulness being used in schools with students to support positive behavior and even academic performance. I LOVE this!
I spent years working on my class environment and seeking the perfect seating arrangements so my students wouldn’t be distracted by each other and our classroom. But, I didn’t teach them how to focus. This is what mindfulness can do for students.
But, we can’t give our students what we don’t have. We must cultivate our own mindfulness practice as well.
As teachers, you and I face a variety of stressors:
· the daily demands of the classroom
· ongoing assessments
· the performance expectations of families and administrators
· teacher-homework (grading papers, preparing tests, etc)
The practice of mindfulness is an excellent way to find the relief we need and deserve. I now meditate daily and it gives me the calm and confidence to handle anything that comes my way.