The Scottish Government has a real focus on improving the Health and Wellbeing of students across the country, so much so that it is an integral part of the Curriculum For Excellence, (Scottish Government, 2018). We as teachers have a duty to fulfil the Health and Wellbeing needs of our pupils both in and out of the classroom.
For teaching and learning to be successful, a positive classroom environment is something I strive towards to encourage my pupils to be focused and engaged. According to Chandra (2015, pp. 13-15), “Academic achievement and teacher behaviour are directly linked with the concept of classroom management.” Therefore, it is important that if I am creating a mindful environment within the class, this can encourage my pupils to “deal with the stress of everyday life and work productively”, (World Health Organisation, 2018).
Mindful pausing is a technique which allows students to take a moment to pause and block out the stresses of everyday life. The idea of using mindful pausing within my classroom is to encourage pupils to relax, which in turn will hopefully allow them to focus better during the lesson and therefore have a successful learning experience. Researchers have found that there are many benefits to mindful pausing, “Short term goals include: enhancing student engagement and academic performance”, (Garrison Institute Report, 2005, pp. 3-5). According to Jones (2011, pp.736 – 739) “Mindfulness provides training in how to regulate and direct, at will your attention.” Therefore, through the continuous use of mindful pausing, this can allow my students to confidently apply this skill in different areas of their lives as well as other classes to enable them to focus better and achieve more within their learning.
The aim of this practitioner enquiry was to find out if using mindful pausing in the classroom would improve children’s focus.