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Want a Safe Place for Learning? Start creating a mindful school for a bullying free zone

Next couple of weeks we will help you create a safer school environment, a safe place for learning and a bullying free zone. First, we will introduce you to how to create a mindful school; second, we will help you identify students' triggers and to understand how they cope; third, we will instruct you on how to create a personalized curriculum for your students to reduce their violent impulses. 

Commonly, schools work on Clio once a month for 4 hours on average so these tools will not take much of your time. You’ll see how it can help you boost students' performance, and create a better place for all.

What do we want for our kids?

One of the most important questions we must ask ourselves in Wellbeing is what do we want for our kids? Sure: we want them to be happy, feel secure in themselves and confident; to have good relationships with others, and accept themselves. But how do we get here? Problem is that most frequently than not kids will be terrible at doing what we say but great at doing what we do.

How to create a mindful school?

When we are stressed our heart beats faster, blood pressure goes up, and breathing rate increases. It cuts off our access to the upper brain (the one that reasons and solves problems), and then we just ‘lose it’. 

Nonetheless, we can consciously choose to focus on the problem because we have the innate propensity to be aware of things that threaten us (it’s an ancient survival mechanism our low brain makes to notice the negative more easily so we can survive). It is to say, we have the ability to make thoughtful choices depending on our ability to understand and be empathic, but it takes intentional practice to learn to respond differently. 

We must be aware of what is happening and pay attention nonjudgmentally. Accepting and identifying what is happening is how we start acknowledging what we see and how we feel.

How to create a mindful path?

Mindfulness attention can help ease anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It increases positive emotion, social connection, emotional intelligence, and regulates our emotions. From here we demonstrate the kind and respectful communication we want our kids to learn. Threats and punishment only demonstrate to them that power and coercion are go-to tools. If we threaten our kids they learn to threaten others and we will be missing skillful communication.

Two suggestions

  1. Notice when your students are getting tight, irritated or sad, notice if there is a thought behind the sensation (e.g. “I’m terrible at this”). 

  2. Then help them notice the thought and put the phrase “i’m having a thought that…”. 

  3. At last, show them how to take a deep breath and choose next action from a place of clarity. 

  1. Eight skills you can start now:

  2. Calm reactivity: check what you feel and where you feel it.

  3. Awareness of your story: why does it trouble you so much?

  4. Self-compassion: you are learning.

  5. Taking care of difficult feelings: recognize them and validate them.

  6. Mindful listening: empathetic and reflexive listening.

  7. Speaking skillfully: assertive communication.

  8. Mindful problem solving: why is this a problem?

  9. Supporting your peers.


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