Mindfulness based Wellbeing for PE teachers

Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke
09:30 to 16:00

Schools around the world are increasingly focusing on the wellbeing of their students and teachers. Against a background of rising depression and anxiety, and in particular amidst concerns around mental health issues facing young people, many educational organisations are considering how best to promote positive mental health and social-emotional learning (SEL).

Key to the successful development of wellbeing in schools is recognition of the importance of self-awareness and self-care for teachers. Drawing on current research, especially in social neuroscience and its applications to education, we will consider how mindfulness can promote teacher self-care and enhance our sensitivities in teaching. We will explore applications of mindful awareness training in stress management and we will focus on deepening our understanding of stress with experiential exercises that will personalize this learning.

Participants will experience for themselves examples of mindfulness approaches and programs that are being used effectively in schools and we will take a look at how some sports psychologists are incorporating mindful awareness training in their work with professional athletes as well as how some PE teachers and school coaches who have mindfulness training are taking a similar approach with their students to help develop concentration, and teamwork capacities.