Yes, the students at my school represent historically underserved groups; ninety-two percent are socioeconomically disadvantaged and for more than half, English is not their first language. I’m telling you this because these statistics show that our students are truly inspiring! While speaking another language at home and representing diverse populations is, on the one hand, a precious gift, it also presents daily challenges for our students. Yet, despite this, the students show up each day, ready to learn. It is our responsibility to provide them a safe place to learn, grow, problem-solve and thrive.
The thing is, students are innately and intensely curious about the world in which they live.
They are pioneers and explorers, ready to discover new things. They want to know about who they are and why they are. They want to get lost in a book and journey to new places, whether it’s another country, a civil rights protest, or Hogwart’s. These learning experiences are extremely empowering. Providing them with these tools and opportunities is also simply a matter of equity. Our students don’t just deserve these educational experiences, it is their right as children.
Over the summer I attended a three-day mindfulness retreat for educators. At the retreat, we first worked on cultivating our own, personal mindfulness practice. We then spent the remainder of our time there learning and thinking about how to best implement a school-wide mindfulness practice at our individual school sites.
I fell in love with the sound of the beautiful F note, "heart chakra" crystal singing bowl, and immediately knew this would be something to incorporate into my classroom's daily mindfulness practice.
I am excited to use the sound of this bowl, along with the trio chime, during our mindfulness practice each day. The quality of both sounds is soothing, calming, and focusing. These sounds can serve as a peaceful transition from mindfulness to the next activity, as a calming, grounding sound during deep belly breathing, or simply as a focusing tool for both myself and my students, alike.
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