For over 15 years now I have been working as a teacher within different settings and phases, from reception to early secondary aged children and with a range of different children who each have their own needs, both in mainstream and special education. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most caring people. People I have worked with who wish to provide nothing but the best for the children who we ‘teach’ within our educational settings.
This interview explores and answers the following questions about teaching children mindfulness…
How can parents teach their own children mindfulness?
What’s the funniest thing that can happen in a children’s mindfulness class?
How can the 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness exercise that can be used to regain awareness?
How it can be helpful to combine teaching mindfulness to children and their parents?
What are the similarities between teaching mindfulness to adults and children?
What can we do to practice mindful eating?
How do we measure the progress a child is making in their mindfulness practice?
How can we integrate kindness when teaching children mindfulness?
As a high school teacher in the Bronx for 14 years I got to meet and deeply know a lot of teens. Having those relationships taught me a lot about what makes adolescents tick. I saw that the way adults view teens impacts the way teens see themselves, and ultimately the lives they think they are capable of leading. I also witnessed how school settings can be fertile ground for greater understanding and connection, or misunderstanding and miscommunication between teachers and young adults.