The Mindful Teacher

Mindfulness Benefits Teachers

Balancing the emotional demands of teaching with other personal pressures is central to the teacher’s craft and vital to professional sustainability

The complexity of the job requires to continually shift their attention throughout the day, which keeps the nervous system aroused. In addition, teachers frequently deal with students who have difficult behaviours, parents with challenging attitudes, changes to curriculums and increasing demands from bureaucracies.

Mindfulness practice is the easiest and most reliable way to calm the nervous system, reverse stress patterns, increase positivity and develop resilience.

Teachers who learn and apply mindfulness in their own lives:

• Improve their physical and mental health through better stress management/self care.

• Have a calmer, more focused presence in the classroom.

• Re-kindle enthusiasm and motivation for teaching.

• Manage complex demands with increased calmness, skill and compassion.

“Applying mindfulness practices before difficult conversations /meetings and teacher/student interactions, has decreased my anxiety and increased my ability to listen and attend to the needsof others as well as my own.”  Special Educator, Chamberlin School

Mindfulness programs for teachers
The MindUP program’s three excellent age-specific curriculum for children from Pre-school to Year 8 / 9 (High School)

What Teachers Say About Mindfulness in the Classroom

“Before mindfulness, four of my students were living in the office. Now they can be in the class and learn.”
First grade teacher

“After mindfulness today, they were so focused in music. They’re never like that in music.”
Kindergarten Teacher

“I used to yell, but now I talk quietly like this.”
Principal in the cafeteria

“My students are in great need of this type of a program to help them cope with the extra stressors they have these days.”
6/7th Grade Learning Support Classroom Teacher

 

Mindfulness should be Integrated into Teacher Training

“After the first year of implementation, the initial results of our research demonstrated that in comparison to teacher trainees in control classrooms, those taking the Stress and Burnout course exhibited significantly greater increases in mindfulness, life satisfaction, and teaching self-efficacy. Teaching students are reporting an important link between their learning in the Mindfulness and Wellness program and their experience in their practicum classroom:

“My attitude and mind-set can be picked up by the students and when I present myself as a balanced and mindful teacher, the students will respond in a calmer manner. The basics of this course can be used to approach classroom management from an entirely different perspective.”

Integrating Mindfulness into Teacher Training: a study by Geoffrey T. Soloway et al (2010)
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