In this episode we have a great conversation with April Prescott about the benefits of mindfulness in the learning environment. April highlights how mindfulness promotes a contemplative lens and a sense of curiosity, both which are so important in the learning process. She shares that while strategic “mindful moments” during the day are helpful, a true mindful classroom is one that doesn’t have planned moments and functions in the moments as they come. We also dive into the question “what does it really mean to educate a child?”
April is the Inclusive Education Coordinator at Aboriginal Head Start in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She joined Head Start after 10 years of teaching preschool for children who experience hearing loss. In addition to her advocacy work at Head Start, April is a Yoga Teacher and is a guest instructor for Peaceful World Yoga in Colorado, focusing on bringing trauma-informed practice to yoga teaching. April also enjoys her work as a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education where she educates pre-service teachers on the importance of a trauma-informed lens in the classroom.
Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones1