Internal dialogues

If every human being in schools arrived with emoticons would we deal with situations differently?  We would be able to see the internal responses to our actions and adjust our language tasks etc immediately.

Students arrive to school with their minds full of thoughts and we are trying to add more information. We even keep asking them what they think of the information to illicit deeper learning. However ..

At what point in our school curriculum do we spend the time teaching students about internal dialogues? How much curriculum time do we devote to explaining how our internal dialogues can derail rational responses to situations and that our perceived reality is just an internal dialogue that we have imagined and created?

By introducing time every day teaching #mindfulness students and staff start to learn how about the mind works. They learn about treating their internal dialogue with kindness and that it will take them on a creative journey or even keep wandering off track. By teaching the workings of the mind then when we ask students what do you think about xxxxxxxx they start to interrogate the internal dialogue appropriately.

Yet do we offer the same curriculum offer to staff? Do we build an opportunity for them to understand and space for rationalising their internal dialogues? Do we offer descrete timetable sessions where theycab sit and ruminate - immerse themselves in an internal dialogue which would boost their wellbeing?

As school leaders we can provide wellbeing time. We just have to prioritise it. Investing in quality mindfulness training for just one member of staff, cascading and modelling how to have healthy internal dialogues. If the adults in schools showed students how to have healthy minds then we are helping to build strong minds in future generations.