Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.
Mindfulness is an important component of success. In my classroom, we will concentrate on building trust and safety within the classroom and amongst our peers. English class stresses heavily our ability to process “high order” questioning and analysis and to then articulate ourselves verbally and through written expression. However, without mindfulness, we wouldn’t be able to focus on these “high order” processes! Without a feeling of safety and emotional self-control, how can we expect ourselves to care about what Jonas is up to in The Giver, or what the strongest citation is to support our answer to an open-ended question?
This year, I ask you to look inward—notice how you’re feeling and why, see how your behavior affects your ability to learn, and how your behavior affects those around you. The journey to academic success begins with the self!