If you’ve heard about mindfulness and are wondering how it relates to your day-to-day life as a school leader, then this blog is for you. You may not realize it but you already have a lot of experience with mindfulness. Any time you’ve ever (desperately) tried bringing a wayward class back to a lesson, you’ve practiced it! Similarly, mindfulness practitioners attempt to gently redirect their attention back to the present moment.
In essence, mindfulness is classroom management – for your thoughts!
After consulting with hundreds of teachers and administrators, we've realized that mindfulness is a secular practice that anyone can cultivate. And it’s worth it.
When we are mindful, we become far more reflective than reactive. We are better able to appreciate students’ quirks because we are more aware of our own. Overall, the classroom transforms into an expansive space where we are less punitive and far more compassionate toward both students and ourselves.
When we embody values like this, something wonderful happens: students start reflecting them back. A feedback loop forms in which our mutual mindfulness fuels each other.
Unfortunately, school leaders feel they don’t have enough time to practice mindfulness – even though they truly can’t afford not to.