Introduction: How mindfulness can bring new joy and meaning in my life and career as an educator.
Awareness: awareness of factors which have an impact on us, especially stress and our needs. We make use of our Educator Howzit Map to build out our awareness. Awareness provides the opportunity to improve our knowledge of ourselves, the people around us and our circumstances.
Breathing: the importance thereof, and why our mothers were right about being aware of our breathing before a test.
Compassion: why compassion is knowledge and is not just a vague term for the soft and weak. It is an absolute pre-requisite for being a strong, resilient and agile educator, in teaching and coaching, often in the midst of conflict. We deal with both sides of compassion, self-compassion and other–compassion.
- To establish awareness of my own stress, stressors, and the effect it has on the climate of the classroom, my occupational health, as well as my emotional and physical well-being;
- to be introduced to the widely researched benefits of mindfulness, to assure better stress management and to provide quick practical ways to practice mindfulness exercises throughout a stressful day;
- to develop awareness of my own thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and breathing to assure better emotional awareness and regulation (EQ), and thus creating better motivation and classroom engagement of learners;
- to establish responding (emotion coaching skills) rather than reacting (emotion dismissive behaviour)in stressful situations at school;
- to provide short effective breathing exercises for calming down, creating new energy to thrive and to assure staying grounded in the midst of daily challenges
- to establish self-compassion (rather than self-pity, selfishness or self-esteem) and self-care, so to assure other compassion and better connecting relationships with learners, parents and colleagues;
- to equip educators how to provide a kind safe space for themselves, learners, as well as those within the unhealthy relationship triangle (victims, bullies and rescuers);
- to deal better with bullying from learners, parents and colleagues by means of mindful conflict resolution.
“Mindfulness is a way of life, simply, with full conscious awareness of NOW, without judgment or critique. We must rewire our minds to achieve this way of life.”
– Dr Mariki Smith