Mindful Mind Skills

These are our daily mindfulness skills for children or adults! To help us practice having mindful minds.

In Ocean Class each day someone chooses a Mindfulness Skill for us to focus on and practice. We try and share an example each day of where we have done it either that day or in the recent past. Sometimes our teachers will tell us when a lesson has a particular skill we can practice and we can talk about how well we did afterwards in a puja. 

Here are all our mindful mind skills explained. Because some of them are annoyingly long, tricky words!

Managing Distractions
Ignoring chats when you’re supposed to is one aspect of managing distractions. It’s when I try to put a stop to anything that might cause me to stop learning. Its an important skill to practice because it helps you learn better. (For example if someone is doing funny faces try and ignore them. Try focusing your mind on your own work).
Noticing is an important skill because many amazing things happen in the day and it’s sad to miss things. (For example if you are on a walk and you don’t see something, you will probably trip up on it!)
This skill is important to practice. It is when we keep trying even when things look difficult.
Present Moment
Focusing on what is happening now. It is an important skill because if you don't focus on the here and now you can be confused or you can miss out on what is happening in the now.  

This video will help you understand. 

Is a very important skill because it allows us to look at something we have done and gives us a second chance for example; My dad was once shouting down the phone and I shouted "Stop shouting." I reflected on this in the afternoon and realised that it wasn't a very good idea to shout myself.
Meta-learning is knowing how you learn best and what you find is the easiest way for you to learn. For example some people are tactile learners, they need to you use their hands. Some are visual and some like to listen best. It is also about knowing who is best to work with on certain topics and who is maybe better to avoid due to distractions.
Revising is an important skill that we practice. Sometimes Ross sends us back to look over our work because it could be wrong or need changing (but not always) it gives us a second chance to think again (revise it). 
This skill is important because if you don’t plan, you don’t know what you are doing! And the thing that you want to do is more likely to fail! BOO!

Trying Things Out
Not saying no. This skill is important because it’s when I take a risk with something I’ve never done before. You might miss out on something you really like or are good at.
Sometimes it is good to question the things we read or hear. This can help us get a better understanding or change our opinion on something.
Having a reason for doing or saying something. Explaining why my answer is right is reasoning in maths.
Making Links
This skill is important because it helps us make a web of knowledge and helps us use our knowledge in different subjects. For example today we were learning about shapes and space, we learnt that half a sphere is called a hemisphere. We soon made a link between this maths knowledge our geography knowledge. Because the globe is made up of two hemispheres. 

Doing something with others. This is important because when we are older we have to work well with all different types of people.
Listening and not talking. This skill is important because it helps me learn from other people’s ideas. It also helps me understand other people’s opinions.
This is when we work hard as a class to achieve something. This is an important skill because if we work well together we can achieve more. 
Trying to know how someone else is feeling. This skill is important because how I react to someone can make that person feel happier.

Responding not reacting
Mind before mouth. This skill is important because you might hurt someone else and regret it afterwards.

Thinking Time
Thinking by yourself. This skill is important because you give yourself time to think before saying things.
Means standing up for the things you do. This skill is important because it helps me be in charge of my own learning. It also means people can rely on you, if you are responsible you’ll be trusted to do things on your own.
Thinking Aloud 
This is when we try and justify what we are thinking to someone else, usually a learning partner, because if we can share our thinking with someone else this helps us learn it better.

***Why not try out some of these mindful mind skills by answering some of our thinking skills questions or try our Mindful Mind Activities Below on our Things To Think About Page! Good Luck!***

Activities to try

Today in Ocean we had an opportunity to try out a new mindfulness activity called StickArt.


The idea is that you sit in a circle and take it turns to place "pipe-cleaners" onto the floor in a particular shape. We take it in turns. Soon there should be a pattern or a picture created. You do this without talking, this helps us focus on mindful mind skills such as thinking time, noticing, present moment, interdependence, collaboration and trying things out

One aspect of the game we enjoyed was that no "one" person was in charge and you never really knew what it was going to turn into. You could never pinpoint exactly WHO made the picture, never pinpoint THE moment it became THE idea.

We found it a challenge to let go of what we had in mind for the picture and to accept the way it was evolving. The letting go aspect is very much related to our Buddhist ethos, not getting too attached to particular ideas and allow others to participate was important and actually what made the pieces of art SO creative in the end!

Below are some examples of our first attempts at this game. You should try too! Please send us your StickArt so we can add them from all over the world!

Duct-Tape Maze

A new mindful mind activity we have been playing before we broke up for our Easter break was The Duct Tape Maze.

Watch the video below which explains everything;

- Draw out a 4x4 square on the floor using duct-tape (or any other kind of tape really). 
- Have an adult or another class member draw our a route on and off the maze on a piece of paper.
- Take it in turns as a class to try and predict the route through the maze. (You do this silently, taking in what is happening)
- If you go the wrong way the person holding the route should shout "beep".
- The next member of the class has to try and remember the route so far and continue.
- Continue until as a class you find the complete route!

This activity helps us practice mindful mind skills such as managing distractions, noticing, perseverance, present moment, revising, planning, trying things out, reasoning, interdependence, collaboration, thinking time, 

1 comment:

  1. Mrs. Metzger - This project sounds great.