Session 269: Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Resilience

Thursday 10th September 2015

This #UKEdChat session was co-hosted by @MissECDavies & @mindfulpedagogy and focused on Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Resilience. The questions released during the session were:

  1. How do you promote emotional resilience in your class/school?
  2. Do you adopt any mindfulness techniques within your classroom? Would you?
  3. How do you manage your own stresses and worries within school?
  4. How does your school help support you when managing your emotional wellbeing?
  5. Why is wellbeing so important in education at present?
  6. What are your thoughts to how the future of wellbeing in school will look like?

Summary:

The session starting with us looking at emotional resilience within the classroom and also in the school as a whole. Many schools appears to be adopting ways in which to check in with their children’s (and staff’s) wellbeing. ‘Feelings registers’, ‘I wish my teacher knew…’ tasks were among popular invasive ways teachers keep on eye on how their children are doing.

Behaviour was a common recurring theme and modelling positive behaviour seemed to be a way many teachers promote resilience when children are struggling. Discussion moved onto the mindfulness and schools experiences of this. I was surprised and encouraged to see so many schools making time for children to reflect on their behaviour and their learning.

For information about mindfulness in the classroom, you can visit this blog here: https://mindfulintheclassroom.wordpress.com/what-is-the-mindfulness-pedagogy/

Next we discussed how we, as teachers, manage stress in school and our lives. So many people mentioned how important it was to know your limits and know when to say ‘stop’. Many comments about making sure you have at least one night off a week, or one night you leave early from school.

Overall, the session encouraged teachers to be reflective of their own wellbeing, as well as their children’s. I’m so happy to see so many schools already doing this.

Tweet of the Week:

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Archive and Notable Tweets:

The archive is viewable via the Storify below, with the following slide numbers being of particular interest, noted by the host – 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 22, 25, 27, 30, 47, 55, 71, 74, 82, 97, 101, 113, 115, 130, 147, 148, 152, 163, 179, 185, 208, 218, 240, 245, 249, 253, 255



About your Hosts:

@MissECDavies: I’m an NQT teaching year 3 in Birmingham, UK. New to education, I want to bring in my previous experiences with mindfulness to not only manage my own wellbeing, but to help children become reflective themselves. Studying for my masters at Warwick University.

@mindfulpedagogy: I’m a qualified teacher in Brighton, UK. I have taught mindfulness for around 5 years in the public & private sector & within the early & primary years. I’m currently researching what a mindfulness pedagogy could look like through masters study.

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