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English

With which level of education are you involved?

high school

What discipline do you teach (mainly)?

art history

Does your school, college or faculty teach for a specific discipline or is the education more general?

professional education

For what type of profession are your students being educated?

they are educated for higher studies in architecture, plastic arts, performance arts, photography and video, design and reclame

Are you yourself working with pupils/students or are you otherwise involved in education, (e.g. educational policy)?

(mainly) teaching pupils/students

What kind of organisational relation do you have with your educational work?

(mainly) professional / important source of income

How many years is it since you first started your efforts to integrate mindfulness into your educational work?

1

On average, what age are the pupils/students with who you are working?

16-18

Can you describe briefly what you are doing with your pupils/students to integrate mindfulness in your educational work?

Noble silence.
Throughout the year there iwill be a progression from "not talking" towards a more inner silence and breathing. The bell is a very helpful tool that I would like to introduce this year. With students of 16 to 18 years old all of this is a big challenge, because they easily reject this. Linking mindfulness to a better study atttude and a higher concentration helps to have the acceptance of the more sceptical students.
My sangha is in school. I took inititaive in that last year and ca. 15 teachers responded positively. In October we will gather and see what activities will be programmed, both for teachers and for students.
I would like to propose to have silent lunches on friday.

What is it that would be most helpful to you to (further) improve your work with integrating mindfulness in your educational work, besides deepening your own practice?

This webside and the contacts with other mindful educators would help and support me a great deal.
I would like to have a meeting once a year.

Have you noticed or heard of any changes in the behaviour of your pupils/students?

yes

What is the nature of the changes you have noticed in the behaviour of your pupils/students?

Improved class room behaviour. An atmosphere of respect rises while practising. Gossiping will be stopped more easily and is replaced by acceptance of each other.

What is the base of the mindfulness practise you are using in your educational work?

Buddhist based