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guest post by Keith Horan, MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches
I spent 13 years teaching Science and Geography in a Secondary school in Galway, in the West of Ireland. Alongside my school teaching ran a love of practicing and teaching Mindfulness. Over the years, I found ways of teaching Mindfulness to as many students as possible in the school.
Along the way, I took a career break from teaching and spent two years travelling to different schools in the region delivering Mindfulness programs. While I was doing this, I noticed that all the Mindfulness work I had done in my own school collapsed!
This experience led me think about how a Mindfulness program could have a long-term, sustainable impact on a school community. Trying to answer that question led to a research project as part of my MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
There are a number of excellent Mindfulness programs that have been developed for schools. Examples include the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), MindUp, Learning to BREATHE, Mindful Schools, and Stressed Teens. My research aimed to figure out the best way to implement these programs.
I interviewed ten teachers who were involved in delivering Mindfulness programs in Irish Secondary schools. Based on their responses, here are five tips for successfully implementing a Mindfulness program at your school.