Why use mindfulness in the classroom?

The term mindfulness refers to a state of awareness by paying conscious attention to the present moment and observing it without judgement, with curiosity and with compassion.

In a school setting, mindfulness can help students regulate the stress surrounding exam pressure. Students can also learn to sit more comfortably with the impermanent emotions of adolescence which at the time seem all-consuming and everlasting.

Mindfulness has grown enormously in popularity and, as with anything trendy, it can be easy to build preconceptions and dismiss it before trying it yourself. Let’s break it down together and start with the basics!

Amy Malloy introduces what mindfulness is and how to apply it in the classroom.

About Amy Malloy

Amy Malloy is a writer and editor, and the founder of No More Shoulds, teaching mindfulness for healthier, kinder minds.

With 15 years’ experience in teaching, assessment and educational publishing, she now combines this first-hand understanding with certified training in wellbeing practices to help educators and students find inner calm in a stressful world.

Podcast

Amy Malloy guests on the Pearson English Podcast to discuss how mindfulness can be built into ELT practice.

mindfulness webinars

Webinars

Join Amy in our webinar series with practical activities, guided meditations to try and handouts for use in class, these hands-on sessions could be the start of a calmer classroom.

Classroom Mindfulness: autopilot & focusing attention

In this first session recording, we’ll look at the first key concepts of automatic pilot and learning to focus the attention.

Classroom Mindfulness: curiosity & observing thoughts

In this second recording, we’ll develop our understanding by looking at the second key concept of curiosity and learning to observe thoughts and feelings without attachment.

Classroom Mindfulness: acceptance & compassion

In this third and last session recording, we’ll complete our understanding by looking at the third set of key concepts: acceptance of the present moment & compassion.

Blogs

Amy looks at the skills we learn through mindfulness practice and exploring exercises to try with your students.

Mindfulness in the primary classroom: practicalities and barriers

If you’ve struggled to get started, don’t worry. Mindfulness can be a hard habit to form – and you will certainly face a number of obstacles as you begin... Read more

Mindfulness in the classroom: autopilot & paying attention

Have you ever got to the bottom of the page in your favorite book and then realized you have no idea what you just read? This is due to being in a semi-conscious mental state called ‘automatic pilot’... Read more

Resources

This pocket guide to mindulness offers a practical introduction to mindfulness in your school. Learn about how mindfulness can help and how to incorporate it in your school.

 

A set of cut-out printable cards to keep with you in class as on-the-go prompts for the mindfulness exercises described in the ‘Have a Go’ section of the ‘Pocket Guide to Mindfulness’.

Meditation audio recordings for a primary classroom

These simple meditation activities help young learners practice bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment.

Young learners have an opportunity to develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy.

Meditation audio recordings for adults

These simple meditation activities involve sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing, your thoughts, sensations in your body and the things you can hear around you.