Mindfulness: Active Awareness for Enhanced Learning
- August 8, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Mindfulness is a technique that has emerged over the last few years and has shown positive results in helping students reduce anxiety levels and increase their focus in creative, positive ways. Basically, mindfulness is simply being more aware and focusing attention on thoughts and feelings in the present moment.
The sad fact is that traditional education has not adequately addressed the mind-body connection, so when a student doesn’t meet the expectations of standardized testing, they often feel defeated. Practicing mindfulness helps a student see their strengths and their weaknesses, but without judgment.
Listening to relaxing music or a practice in deep breathing are two forms of mindfulness. Guided meditation might involve centering, relaxing, being in the moment and just being still. Once students have had the opportunity to get to know one another, mindfulness is more easily introduced to the class. A gradual approach to introduce students to the technique might include inhaling, exhaling, slow neck rotations or gently shaking out the hands.
Children are often their own worst critic and by learning not to be so hard on themselves often brings a sigh of relief to both mind and body. The stress of pent-up anxiety or fear of not meeting expectations, whether self-imposed or external, can inhibit student from realizing their full potential.
As young students are developing and learning about who they are, it makes sense to provide them with a simple way to connect with their inner knowing. By honoring their innate intelligence and differences, much of which can’t be measured on a conventional scale, they are more at ease with themselves, more accepting.
At Yorktown Education mindfulness is deeply-rooted in our culture. By cultivating kindness, compassion, collaboration and generosity of spirit in the classroom, Yorktown students respond to learning with confidence, enthusiasm, fairness and a keen sense of who they are and what they want to do in school and in life.