Friday, December 19, 2014

Empathy

Establishing a peaceful and cooperative learning environment for young learners is possible through the strategic teaching of life-skills. One such life-skill is empathy. When any human is able to feel compassion for others, or to see another’s point of view, this leads to a cooperative, peaceful environment. Empathy is the keep to this peace.


Friday, December 05, 2014

Yoga in the Classroom


Establishing a classroom yoga practice can help to create an atmosphere of family, compassion and empathy.  You don’t have to be a yoga expert, though a little experience is helpful.  I started practicing yoga with my transitional kindergarten students after taking a class and getting certified by YOGAed, an organization that teaches teachers how to incorporate yoga into classroom routine.

I immediately noticed the benefits of a weekly practice as the children relaxed, stretched and
connected with me and with each other.  I introduced simple yoga asanas, or poses such as cobra, downward dog, mountain pose and tree pose.  As the children mastered each pose, we began to connect them together in a short yoga “flow” series.  I usually put on slow, soft classical music as we practice.