As an experiential outdoor educator I’ve made it a practice to incorporate reflective activities with my students. This could be writing in their journals, reporting back on how they felt or what they learned during a particular activity, or in some cases sitting quietly for a mindfulness moment. Taking the time to reflect on a particular lesson or activity is a way for me to stretch my students thinking in new ways and deepen their experience of learning outdoors.
In May of 2017 I wrote an article for The Outdoor Teacher journal titled “Mindfulness and Experiential Outdoor Education.” As someone who has a personally felt the benefits of yoga and meditation in my own reflections as an educator, I am interested in incorporating mindfulness and relaxation into student reflection as a way to compliment the process of learning. After I receive my 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification this summer, I would like to consider how I might integrate mindfulness and yoga into afterschool programs with children.
Below is a link to The Outdoor Teacher journal article: