The Mindful Minute

Listen closely. Is that… silence? In the classroom? That’s not just silence. That’s a Mindful Minute. 

At the first West Portal Parents Club meeting of the school year, last Thursday, we gave everyone an update on what’s happening with mindfulness at West Portal School. That is, after we spent about 2 minutes in silent meditation about “What is your Why?," a topic led by Mr. Lucey. Click here to read his article.

Right about now, some questions might be popping up for you:

· Wait, what’s mindfulness?
· What does this have to do with school?
· Wow, that’s amazing, how did we get so lucky?!

Thanks to the steady efforts of our own Ms. McCue, mindfulness practice is making its way from her own classroom into ALL of our kids’ classrooms! This year, every teacher on staff is leading his or her class in a Mindful Minute (or longer), usually during transition periods such as right after recess or lunch. They are taking a mindful approach with this, giving it a try at their own pace to see how their students respond.

We applaud our teachers for trying this, our Principal Mr. Lucey for supporting it, and especially Ms. McCue for bringing her own vision for mindfulness at school and making it a reality! How lucky are we to see this happening, at a large public elementary school no less?! With an introduction to mindfulness so early in life, our kids have the opportunity to learn how to focus, develop socially and emotionally, become more compassionate, and so much more.

Here are a couple of great videos, if you want to learn more about mindfulness for kids. 

If you have 15 minutes, watch this TEDxYouth Talk: Why Aren’t We Teaching You Mindfulness

If you have 2 minutes, watch this one with your kids:

Some parent volunteers are starting to think about what we can do to bring more mindfulness awareness and education to our own community of parents and guardians. If you’re interested in helping with our planning, want to learn more, or would like to share your own reflections with the school community, please email us with the button below. In the meantime, listen for any updates your kids might be sharing about this. And when you find yourself a little stressed or distracted, take a Mindful Minute for yourself!