Mindfulness. Global School Play Day

Take a break

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

-Plato

Breath. Walk into woods

Take a break. Walk into the woods. Breath. Keep calm and keep on working.

There is always so much work to do and we continuously demand from ourselves or ask our students to be active, to do things.

But a very important moment for our mind is also to take a break. To stop for a moment, to let your mind wander, to take a deep breath before even more challenges come to your life.

During this year, which was so challenging due to the corona crisis, we couldn’t see our parents or friends from far away from our home country, we couldn’t travel and enjoy the world as we used to do before. But I discovered a very good therapy, which is going to the woods once a week and enjoy nature, breath and take a break. Hugging the trees, trying to feel their energy, and hear the sound of nature was also a good therapy for me to get good energy, strength and keep on going with my work and my life. Be there ready for my family and my work.

Cherry Blossom in Busan. Copyright by Simona

Finally is Spring Break and I appreciate the Cherry Blossom here in Busan. The Dalmaji Woods are fully bloomed and we could feel the joy and the bursting energy of nature. A bud growing from the hard peel of a tree is a symbol of hope.

Other mindfulness practice tips, you could find out here.

5 Simple Mindfulness Practices for Daily Life

How do we teach our children to be mindful?

When some children have a conflict, how do you talk to them? When they are totally anxious, how do you calm them down? How could you make them feel safe? How do we inspire them? How can we teach them to have empathy, a good attitude, and a good character?

Talk and listen -communicate. Rub a stone, touch a tree, take a deep breath. Do a refreshing exercise, a stretch for a break, when you feel your students are a bit tired. We have also an afterschool activity, which is Yoga and Mindfulness for children with Laura an expert in mindfulness. Those activities help our children to be happy at our school.

Mindfulness with Laura at ISB

 

Talking about inspiration and how can we found it, I was very happy to read the blog of our kind and knowledgeable COETAIL instructor, Joel Bevans’s “Inspiration is Everywhere, Say Something”. That gave me the courage to share what is important to me, to continue writing on my blog, and sharing my thoughts, experiences as a teacher and human being.

The Importance of Play.

It was proved from many studies that “play” for children makes the children more creative, develops social and emotional skills, the opposite impacts them negatively.  Peter Gray was describing this, in his TED talk.

 

Global School PLAY DAY (GSPD)

This year on February 3rd we celebrated again the Global School Play Day (GSPD).

Because the last year was a huge success we decided to organize again in ISB school the Global Play Day and participate along with others schools. Last year, in 2020 were 563,283 participants,  from 75 Nations. 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

-Plato

“Play is self-controlled and self-directed. Play is where they learn to feel joy and they experience that the world is not so depressing”,  Peter Gray

Play is by definition from Oxford Languages:

  1. 1.
    activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children.
    “a child at play may use a stick as an airplane”
  2. 2.
    the conducting of an athletic match or contest.
    “rain interrupted the second day’s play”

 

We have also every year, Spirit Week, one of the favorite school events for our children and teachers as well.  Recently we had a tug of war contest with teachers and children. What great fun that was. Those are different ways of playing and building good relationships, connecting with our students.

Once a week, our sports teachers Helen and Gearoid, have been organizing for the teachers a fun game “Turbo Touch”. We play together one day after school and practice some sports. That bought us lots of joy and made us know each other better, from a different perspective.

Play sparks creativity makes people happy, develops social and emotional skills.

How do you support “play” at your school? Did you participate in Global School Play Day as well? Do you plan that in the future?

How about mindfulness? Do you have any activities that introduce mindfulness at your school? Do you think that the students could benefit from that? Some interesting articles about mindfulness that I read, are:

“Mindfulness for Students- Benefit and Practice” by Jennifer Okafor,

and

Research on Mindfulness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Mindfulness. Global School Play Day”

  1. Hi Simona!

    I love how your school participated in Global Play Day. My school did not participate, but I remember hearing about this at a session I attended at the 21st Century Learning Conference in HK on play. During this session, I was introduced to Playmeo, a database of group activities and games. I have a paid subscription this year and there are tons of games with different purposes such as reflection, communication critical thinking, leadership, goal setting, etc. This is one tool I use to find quick, easy games for students to play.

    You also mention how you get students to solve conflict or to feel safe. At my school, we have been studying the Conscious Discipline model of classroom management and social-emotional learning. A big part of Conscious Discipline has to deal with the language teachers use with students when dealing with classroom management as well as teaching students how to talk to each other when handling conflict. If you take a look at the link below with the phrase comparisons, you can see the difference in language between Phrase 1 and Phrase 2. Our goal is to speak to students using the Phrase 2 model, rather than Phase 2. We also actively teach our students to speak to each other in this manner.

    These are just a few ways I teach play and mindfulness in my classroom. Thanks for reminding me how important play is, even for adults!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h5oesyPDUqUSNo3X-XIqfRDrhDdEMEDl/view?usp=sharing

    1. Hi Andrea!
      Thank you so much for your comment. It is good to see you active. I was so happy to read your valuable advice. You are such a knowledgeable and experienced teacher. I always appreciate your opinion.
      I hope that you are doing well with the writing on blogs, I was just reflecting on all the experience with COETAIL. What an intensive adventure. So many nights on the computer and learning so many things. From wonderful people/ inspiring educators to so many digital tools. Now it’s time to wrap it all together. I wish we could celebrate all in a virtual party when we end. I think we all, have been working so hard. Lots of success for the last track!
      Best, Simona.

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