TOWARDS COMPASSION BASED TEACHING  
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English, Spanish, Italian

With which level of education are you involved?

University

What discipline do you teach (mainly)?

Other: Fashion buying (part time)

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

Professional education (e.g teaching future teachers, medical school or law school.)

For what type of profession are your students being educated?

I am working part time teaching a Diploma Course in Fashion Buying & Merchandising using my previous experience as a buyer. In adddition, I am also doing some Coaching working with Young Adults helping them to focus and find direction in their lives. I am very interesting in developing in this area of my work integrating mindfulness into my work.

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?

Varies widely.

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

I have just finished trialing a 5 week program with a primary school in Tallaght teaching Mindfulness Awareness activities to a class of Junior Enfants ( 5 years) & 2nd Class (8 years's old) for a 40min once weekly. Their teacher participated in the activites and continued practing Mindful Breathing with the children every day throughout the week. I am in the exploration phase of working with the children to gain and build my own experience with the view to long term training teachers to integrate this work into their daily lives at school. I have recently completed a E-learning Program with the Inner Kids Foundation in the USA which has been a great source of resources and tools.

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?

It would be really helpful to share my experiences and have a supportive group of people who share this same passion to reflect with & talk about their experiences. As this is fairly new to Ireland it would be great to share our collective wisdom & support each other.

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. (For the time being) I prefer not to (further) comment on this until I have build a more extensive experience to accurately convey the changes. Having completed the past five weeks, I asked both teachers to fill out Questionnaire. Both commented that Mindfulness Awareness helped the students to stay focused for longer.

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

Secular based.