Welcome back to another episode of the EduMagic podcast! Today I have with me an amazing educator Danielle Nuhfer. Do you ever feel like you want to be in the moment with your students but your mind is drifting to what you need to get done? Today she is sharing about mindfulness and how after we check in with ourselves it can really help with classroom management. First, Danielle shares her teaching story and how she at first didn't want to be a teacher, but she caught the teaching bug! She has now been an educator for 18 years! Let's get right into it - mindfulness for future teachers.
Notes from our conversation
What is mindfulness? - Being present in the moment without judgment. Pay attention to the moment. It is simple, but not easy.
Practice mindfulness outside of the classroom and use your 5 senses to observe what is going on. Take a deep breath. Designate a specific time when you practice being mindful - make an appointment with yourself.
By practicing outside of the classroom you can focus on what is going on in the classroom, not have your mind running during the classroom time. Being present with your students.
Take 3 breaths before you enter the classroom space (virtual, traditional, or hybrid). Create mindful moments in your day so you can check in with yourself.
Silent 60 - shut off cameras, heads down, everyone arrives in our space, take a quiet 60-second check-in. Leave all of your stuff at the door, a time to regroup and refocus energy. Be thoughtful with the words that use in your classroom.
Why do we need to be mindful? Teaching can be chaotic in a beautiful and unknown way so we need to be mindful and make decisions quickly.
How does it help you with classroom management? First, shift your mindset about classroom management. What can you control - your reaction! Create a classroom of respect and rapport. Being mindful of your emotions, reactions, breathe and check in with your students. You need to be in control of yourself and meet the needs of your students with the resources that you have available.
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