This term in Year 1 at Madingley students have started practicing mindfulness. We hope that these children will become our experts as we develop mindfulness across the Pre-prep.
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware or bringing attention to this moment in time, deliberately and without judgement of the experience.
Mindfulness is becoming a common practice in schools with many studies supporting its use and effectiveness in the classroom, specifically with students’ emotion regulation and metacognition. Other benefits of mindfulness include increased feelings of calm and relaxation, higher levels of energy, increased self-confidence and self-acceptance, lower risk of experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addition or low immune deficiency, as well as more self-compassion and compassion for others. All of which, when you think about it, are extremely important to learning and the learning environment we create.
Lessons thus far have focused on getting to know our mindful body and practicing mindful listening. Students have learned that in order to practice mindful listening our mindful body must be comfortable, relaxed, and quiet. The responses from the children have been wonderful! Many students have shared that after our mindful lessons they feel “calmer and more relaxed”. The positive responses have been very encouraging and it is a great privilege to be able to introduce this growing practice to the Stephen Perse Foundation.
Stay tuned for more news about our mindfulness practice!