Educators are facing ever-increasing demands on their time and have to navigate the intensely high pressure environment in schools. With the demands from parents, students and administration on the rise, stress and burnout are becoming common in the education system.
Stress has a debilitating effect on productivity and creativity, and can give rise to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. “Roughly half a million U.S. teachers leave the profession each year – a turnover rate of over 15 percent.” (Seidel, 2014) Leaving educators and school leaders without resilience and personal coping strategies, can lead to a toxic work environment which doesn’t benefit or help students.
Educators who are under pressure and have no ability to manage their stress, pass the effects of that stress onto students, which in turn impacts the parent community. This leads to students who don’t feel supported in school and who may also struggle to handle challenges in this environment.
The roots of stress lie deep in our autonomous nervous system and school leaders, administrators and teachers need skills and strategies that allow us to accept and access the mind to directly target that system. Acceptance and Commitment training along with mindfulness-based intervention strategies can help us to transform our responses, reduce the struggle with challenging emotions, and increase our ability to cope with stress.
Here are some of the benefits of Mindfulness and ACT for educators
- Reduced stress and burnout
- Greater efficacy in the workplace
- More emotionally supportive classrooms
- Better classroom organisation
Benefits to students as a result:
- Improved cognitive outcomes
- Social emotional skills
- Greater self-regulation
- Increased resilience
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The work Mallika Kripalani did with our Elementary School Welfare Leaders at the Australian International School around mindfulness in school was very effective in supporting our move towards embedding mindfulness into our school’s program.
Her ideas were practical and applicable and were able to be transferred in practice at all levels of the Elementary School.
Mallika’s method of facilitation was inclusive and ensured a clarity of understanding around how Conscious Zone’s mindfulness engagements were embedded in research and benefitted students and staff in being more effective learners and balanced people.
Lester Stephens, Deputy Head of Elementary
Welfare and Administration
I have been teaching Elementary School students for over 30 years and in this time, I have taught students a range of meditation formats. These techniques have come from my own practices and from attending courses including Buddhist Mindfulness, visualisation and Christian mediation. This year, I have been fortunate to be working with Mallika Kripalani who has introduced Mindfulness practices to my class once a week for a 35-minute period. We continue to practice Mallika’s weekly sessions every morning to start our day and students are encouraged to practice at home. I have personally learnt so much Mallika’s extensive knowledge and her varied experience. Mallika has formed a very strong bond with the students, by being real and openly sharing her experiences with them. She also discusses ideas to extend on their own practices at home. There have been times when students have asked for advice about dealing with situations and emotions and Mallika has redirected the session to show techniques to assist them. The students look forward to our Mindfulness sessions. They enjoy sharing their own experiences and how the techniques have improved their ability to manage their behaviour and their relationship with others. I believe the biggest impact is to see that Mindfulness is not just a way of being aware of the breath and giving you a strategy for keeping calm and balanced, but it extends on this. Mindfulness practices assist us to express our emotions calmly and build strong and positive relationships with others. These techniques also support us to understand ourselves. I have seen first-hand how my students are more focused in class and more aware of their dealings with others. I have noticed how students have become more understanding and show kindness and compassion to each other. The program Mallika provides is like a gift to my students. A gift that can empower them for the future.
Kerry, International School teacher
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