“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” ~ Buddha
I had the privilege this year to teach over 175 eighth graders the art of mindfulness once a week for over 10 weeks. It was a profound experience for them and completely eye-opening for me. Although I had taught hundreds of elementary aged children mindfulness, I did not realize how desperate our teenagers were for this practice in their life.
It wasn’t instant buy-in at first.
I recall the first time the students walked into their Science class that Friday to see me sitting at the side of the room. They immediately went into ‘substitute teacher’ mode. I smiled and walked to the front of the room and stood quietly, ignoring their comments and rambunctiousness. I had forewarned their Science teacher, sitting in the back of the room, to let them just be themselves and not correct their behavior. She was visibly nervous.