Our school counsellor has been trying out some mindfulness apps with students, and today I decided to take a look at those apps myself. Many of them have a free series of introductory exercises, for around 10 days or so. I thought I'd have a go at these and then write a blog post about whether I thought it could be beneficial to buy the paid app. The apps I've downloaded so far are:
- Stop, Breathe & Think
- Pranayama Universal Breathing
I'm interested to know if anyone uses these apps, in particular with students, and if so what impact has been noticed on students' work or behaviour.
Another thing, of course, I've thought about is how the 3 states of mind relate to teaching. I can think of times in my own career where I was lethargic - basically following a text book. At other times I think I was fairly chaotic, following students' questions down every rabbit hole. Now I hope that most of the time I'm focused. And yet, thinking about this also calls to mind a quotation for a reading we did at last Tuesday's faculty meeting. I don't want to be so focused that I'm not flexible:
All good teachers must be flexible and responsive to their students’ needs. In simple terms, it sometimes means that we need to be able to change on the fly - such as when they already know the chosen teaching point or if it is not appropriate for them at that time. This is crucial as every moment we spend with the child is a learning moment. Our inability to be flexible makes us an ineffective teacher.
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