What is mindfulness?

‘Mindfulness’ refers to a mental state where a person's awareness is in the present moment. When someone is being mindful, they are calmly acknowledging and accepting their feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations in the present moment. Teaching students about mindfulness can help them to overcome negativity and feel more relaxed.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students will learn about mindfulness and how it applies to their life.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand the concept of mindfulness
  • apply it to their own life.
Activity 01

Class definition: What is mindfulness? 15 min

  1. Ask students to research the term ‘mindfulness’ and answer the following questions:
    • What is mindfulness?
    • What are three mindfulness activities?
  2. As a class, students brainstorm ways to develop skills to be mindful.