Richard Burnett, Co-founder of the Mindfulness In Schools Project, explored the importance of teaching mindfulness practices in the classroom. He stated that mindfulness isn’t a quick exercise that can be picked up instantly.
Richard explained “Mindfulness involves paying attention…
to the present moment
with curiosity and kindness
…to things as they are.”
Richard discussed some meditation techniques and activities, including breathing and relaxation exercises, which can be done to introduce learners to mindfulness in classroom. There are also apps available for download which can be used to incorporate mindfulness into daily life. Examples of apps include Headspace, .b and InsightTimer.
Richard Burnett concluded by saying that bringing mindfulness to the classroom starts with you and recommended that tutors need to learn to practice mindfulness before they can effectively teach it.