In addition to our popular Mindful Moments pocketbook, we have developed a range of new mindfulness resources that are exclusively available for our PEEC Community.
If you’d like to know more about the science behind mindfulness, scroll down to read more about the research and benefits.
Explore the research behind this practice and print our set of 30 mindful colouring pages that are suitable for all ages.
Encourage your students to engage the five senses in this guided mindful eating exercise.
Mindful Walk Sound Map
This mindfulness-based activity asks students to draw a map of an area where they are going to engage in a mindful walk, and then to walk mindfully through this space, noting any sounds they hear.
We have created a range of printable mindfulness posters for use in your classroom. Display these in your classroom to enhance the autonomy of your students by supporting their engagement in quiet, discreet practices that help them self-regulate.
Our animated mindful moments are a great way to introduce, demonstrate or run one of these practices in your classroom. Featuring institute-favourite ‘Nic the Stick’, these videos are bound to become a favourite with your students too!
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to the present moment with intent and purpose.
The use of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in schools is continuing to increase and there is an ever-growing body of research regarding their effectiveness. The research shows that practising mindfulness leads to
improved levels of wellbeing for both the teacher and the student.
One important commonality in the literature is the need for teachers to engage in their own personal mindfulness practices before attempting to teach mindfulness to their students.
In addition, researchers encourage teachers to educate their students regarding the impact of mindfulness on the brain. MBIs carried out with adults have resulted both behavioural changes and physical changes in the brain, after as little as two weeks.
Mindfulness is linked to a number of social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural wellbeing indicators in children and young people. Some of the most commonly reported benefits include:
- improved attention,
- increased levels of self-control and emotional regulation,
- promotion of pro-social behaviour,
- enhanced academic achievement, working memory and metacognition,
- decreased/ prevention of depression, suicidal ideation and thoughts of self-harm,
- reduced anxiety, and
- lowered stress levels.
It is by personally engaging in mindfulness practices that you can best discover their many benefits. After educating the parent, teacher and student communities about these benefits, you could then take the step of adopting a whole-school approach. By embedding mindfulness into your classrooms, you can help to create a flourishing school for all your practitioners.
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