This past weekend, February 11th and 12th, many BIS teachers, administrators and support staff participated in a Mindfulness workshop on campus. The workshop was presented by Siri Chandler, a respected Mindfulness coach and former international school teacher.
As described by Siri: “This mindfulness workshop is designed for educators, introducing them to the basic principles behind secular mindfulness, dispelling any myths about it, and explaining the evidence for its benefits. It will support educators in bringing the practices of mindfulness into their own lives so they may in turn teach mindfully and eventually, if they wish, train to teach students.”
Mindfulness is a skill that can be cultivated to enhance one’s ability to calm the mind and relax the body, sustain attention, reduce stress, manage impulses and express emotions. Being mindful enables individuals to respond, rather than react, to certain situations. The BIS participants left the workshop feeling rejuvenated and ready to begin their mindfulness journey both personally and professionally.
On Tuesday, February 14th, Siri visited BIS and spent the day teaching mindfulness practices to students in Primary and Secondary. Ask your child if Ms. Siri came into their classroom and how they felt about the experience. We hope to cultivate more mindfulness practices here at BIS as we embark upon a collaborative approach toward mindful teaching and learning.