Mindfulness Works Best With A Whole School Approach
Implementing a whole school mindfulness approach takes time, but the key to sustainability - as told to us by the Smiling Mind community - is getting everyone on board. Research shows that a whole school approach leads to more positive student outcomes such as optimisim (for teachers and students), social-emotional competence and reduced anxiety for teachers.
Our community shared with us the best tips to get your whole school on board.
- Have a personal mindfulness practice in teachers, principals and all staff at your school. This helps with staff wellbeing, workplace culture and student wellbeing. You can do this by first encouraging your school to book a staff workshop with Smiling Mind to help introduce what Smiling Mind is, how it is beneficial and how it works
- Find or Create the mindful champions at your school. This would be someone (or a few teachers) who live and breathe mindfulness and understand the concepts around it. They can help motivate others and guide the way. They would practice mindfulness consistently in their own classroom and go into other classrooms and run sessions until the home teacher felt comfortable to take over.
- Use the research and evidence. Smiling Mind did a research project that examined the effectiveness of our programs at schools and found that there were positive outcomes for teachers, students and the school environment. Take this research to your school leadership team to show them the potential benefits to students and staff within your own environment.
- Get everyone on board with Smiling Mind. Encourage the use of Smiling Mind to everyone in the school community including students, teachers, principals, staff and parents. You can book a Smiling Mind professional development workshop for your staff, send out parent letters to inform parents about Smiling Mind and how you or your teachers are using it in the classroom.
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