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How does a Mindful school look?

In a child’s life the school serves as one of the important platform of social and emotional development. As rightly stated by Swami Vivekananda, “Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man”, harps on the role of the school as an agent of growth where the child through exploration attains his full potential. The school environment coupled with interpersonal interactions determines the impact it has on the child.
When we talk about a Mindful school what we aim to achieve is a positive school climate. A Mindful school is the one where not only the students but the staff including teachers and members of the administration also inculcates Mindfulness as a part of their lives. By incorporating Mindfulness practices as a part of the curriculum one can experience its impact in leadership practices, professional development and also in the teaching learning process. Some of its benefits that would impact the whole school are represented diagrammatically. For instance, the administration holding Mindful Meetings can help them take better decisions

 

Benefits of a Mindful School 

School Administration and Leaders

  • Efficient communication
  • Decreased Attrition rates
  • Healthy Climate
  • Improved decision Making
  • Better Management of time
  • Stronger relationships in school community.
  • Respect for differences and Diversity
  • Enhance overall wellbeing

 

Teachers

  • Job Satisfaction
  • Decreased burnouts
  • Positive attitude
  • Reasonable Workload

Students

    • Increased teamwork and Collaborative spirit
    • Better academic Output
    • Decreased Stress
    • Reasonable workload
    • Better Resilience
    • Decreased behavioural problems

regarding matters of the school. Practicing Mindful Breathing or Mindfulness of thoughts before the commencement of any meeting can help everyone get attuned with their thoughts and emotions and the self awareness would help their decisions not get coloured by one’s emotional state. In a school the Reception is probably the busiest and many a times the receptionist might be flooded with calls. So, before attending the call if he/she does a quick Mindful Check-in and then proceed attending the call would help him/her respond better. Similarly, in class or during meeting if students and the staff apply Mindful Listening, it would help them retain the lesson better and keep in the other person’s perspective in mind respectively. With Mindful Communication in class and among colleagues/peers, teachers and students can help deal with everyday interactions effectively and reduce arguments.
So, if our aim is to build a happier and positive school climate we need to harness a Mindful attitude. Building a mindful school will only be accomplished when each and every individual attached to the school inculcates the process of being Mindful and implement it in their every day interactions.

If you want to implement Mindfulness in your School Curriculum get in touch.