A big part of a mindful education and teaching emotional intelligence begins with the learning environment. Setting up a space where students can find peace and unwind is key.
My Zen Table
In my private practice, I offer a “zen table” that is surrounded in cushions, bean bags and tactile toys. Here students can dip their fingers into one side that is filled with lentils and colorful rocks. They let the stress of the day dribble from the tips of their fingers. They can also venture to the other side of the table that is filled with mung beans and magnets. I got this beautiful table on Overstock a number of years ago. They call it a TV table, but it makes the perfect centerpiece for a "relaxation station." If you want to make your own "zen space," you can also use big Tupperware bins, an old chest, or even a wooden box.
Make Sure You Make the Time for Students to Unwind
Giving your students the opportunity for brain breaks is so very important. Research suggests that short, 2-3 minute breaks allows the brain to process prior learning content and prepare for additional learning. You can often see when your students zone out. This is the perfect opportunity to take the needed break.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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