Did you know that visualisation can have positive effects in your life? Sports stars, movie stars and pop stars all use visualisation to help them to achieve their success. Visualisation is also perfectly suited to the classroom environment too.
“Guided Visualisation” is the meditation style that Rainbowcrystal Connection uses in classrooms and on our “take home”CD’s. We have selected guided visualisation as our primary tool ) because it fits easily into schools. This is true for many reasons:
• Many adults do not meditate- making it hard to teach without training/having first hand experience. Putting on a CD is safe, easy and requires no specialist training
• Teachers are more at ease reading (or playing our CD’s) than teaching an unknown form of meditation e.g. using a mantra or silently focusing
• The context of listening to stories is familiar to learners and teachers
• Children enjoy and are usually good at visualising
• Links in to “Talking and Listening” in the English syllabus
• Teachers and students can feel unconfortable going straight into silent meditations
• Visualisations can be put onto CD’s, making them very easy to use
• Links can be made to content of teaching AND social skills so time spent meditating can count towards learning and not be “just another thing” teachers need to squeeze into their busy schedules
• Guided visualisations are “calming” and can be used as a form of behaviour management, to help teachers create a positive classroom climate
Some tips for using visualisation in class…
1. Before exams/tests/assessments, get children to visualise themselves easily answering questions or visualise their excellent results being handed to them!
2. Have children close their eyes during a story/class novel and create pictures with their minds eye. (This is particularly good for those having trouble visualising- in stories they do it automatically!)
3. Play the “Whats the difference” game- have the class mindfully look at a student for 30 seconds- pay attention to every detail. Then send them outside to change something tiny about their appearance- who can spot the difference?
4. Read descriptions to the class, have them listen mindfully,then have them draw what they visualised.
5. Use Rainbow Calm Resources!