Hello! I've just registered and begun an 6-week mindfulness course offered by Mindful Schools, a non-profit organization that offers mindfulness training to educators. They have a number of courses on offer, but I decided to start at square one with their 6-week introduction.
I have been interested in meditation since I was about 15 years old. I maintained a daily practice until well into my late twenties. Since beginning my career and starting a family I have had a difficult time practicing meditation on a regular basis, though it has always remained a part of my life, especially during stressful times.
A few months ago, I signed up for a free mindfulness course offered by the Honolulu Dhamma Society as I was finishing my MEd studies in order to refresh my practice of meditation and to learn more about secular mindfulness as it is practiced today. The course was good and well worth the price of admission!
I decided to sign up for another 6-week course through Mindful Schools as they offer a series of courses specifically designed for educators wishing to apply mindfulness techniques in their professional practice and in their classrooms. Our school is implementing a school-wide restorative discipline model this year, and I think that mindfulness practices will be a great way to help students, teachers, and administrators better follow the restorative discipline guidelines in our day-to-day work.
I've only just begun the course online, but I'm already blown away by the level of professionalism and care that has been put into the curriculum on offer. The courses are offered on the moodle platform and are very easy to navigate. The creation of a learning community is encouraged, and the instructors are all very welcoming and passionate about mindfulness and education.
I'll be keeping an online journal on this blog about my experiences in the Mindful Schools: Mindfulness Fundamentals course over the next six weeks if you are interested to learn more!
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 15 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.