Mindfulness and ICT? Can those two work collaboratively together and promote student learning and achievement? That’s the question that I have been asking myself this week. I have seen the proof that five minutes of mindfulness at the beginning of the lesson will assist and promote student learning, engagement, and achievement but can I link this to ICT? And if so, how??
Mindfulpedagogy wrote an interesting blog about this topic and stated that regarding mindfulness principals, ICT incorporated into a lesson provides our students with an opportunity to understand globalisation and the interconnected nature of our modern 21st-century world. There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into your classroom. I have seen the teacher play soothing music on the IWB for five minutes; beautiful images displayed on the IWB and my favourite, where the student sits for five minutes, eyes closed and listening to the outside world. They then have to bring themselves back to the classroom and explain what they heard and what they were thinking.
A student asked me last week, why do we do mindfulness? It’s boring, makes me sleepy and is a waste of time….. Hmmm not so. I told them, this is the most powerful five minutes of the lesson. It will set you up for the work that will follow. If you can control your mind, you will be impressed how far this will take you during your learning journey.
Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve self-confidence, relationships with others, attention, optimism, and self-esteem. (Schonert-Reichel & Lawlor, 2010).
Still not convinced? Read this study about mindfulness for children and youth – this will convince you to adopt this approach into your classroom. Kat blogged about seeing things through their eyes and how technology can be used to express themselves and create a sense of belonging. The one thing that I love about the mindfulness approach is that you can be creative. Use ICT, don’t use ICT, use music, use images, use your breath, use your voice…… It’s all up to you to guide your students into mindfulness for both their sanity and yours.
- “Over the Sun” by mindfulness, CC by 2.0
- Carolyne Kelly
Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lawlor, M. S. (2010). The effects of a mindfulness-based education program on pre- and early adolescents’ well-being and social and emotional competence. Mindfulness, 1(3), 137–151. doi:10.1007/s12671-010-0011-8