TOWARDS COMPASSION BASED TEACHING  
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Languages understood:

English, Spanish, French

With which level of education are you involved?

Secondary education: intermediate level

What discipline do you teach (mainly)?

Language, Religion

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

General education (e.g. primary or secondary school)

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?

7

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

13 – 15 yrs.

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

Over the years I have taught mindfulness to many different year groups in many different ways, but the backbone of it is now an 8 week mindfulness course for year 10 pupils (14/15 years old). This is done during normal, timetabled 40 minute lessons along with short "home practice" exercises.

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?

Having empirical research in place to endorse its effectiveness. We have already carried out some encouraging pilot research, but the next step is to do something more comprehensive.

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?

They report feeling calmer, more balanced, happier.

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

Secular based.