Mindfulness in the Classroom

I am trained by Mindful Schools to teach their Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum.  This curriculum is designed to be offered twice a week for 20 minutes for 8 weeks, though it does not need to follow that precise schedule.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply the act of being in the present moment no matter what internal or external experience arises.

Why Mindfulness in Schools?

Research on the Mindful Schools Curriculum has shown the following as the 3 top reported outcomes from students in this program:

                *Improved focus in the classroom

                *Improved ability to calm down when they are upset

                *Improved decision making

But we already have a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum. Does this replace it?

No, mindfulness enhances the students’ ability to access what was learned from the social emotional curriculum. It teaches sensory awareness and anchoring so that the student can access previously taught strategies during the heat of the moment.

Don’t teachers already have enough to do?

Most teachers are feeling the burden of increased curriculum demands. Teachers should only incorporate this if they are inclined to try it. This curriculum is designed to be delivered in short, manageable chunks of time (20 minutes) either once or twice a week – and I am the one teaching it.  The classroom teacher is able to participate in the lesson and reap the benefits of practicing mindfulness as well.  When mindfulness is incorporated into the culture of a classroom, many teachers find that they can actually accomplish more and feel less stress throughout the day.

I know that mindfulness is making its mark in education. How do I get started?

Mindfulness will not be effective if there isn’t “buy in” from the classroom teacher. This should not be a mandated addition to curriculum. Let me come and present to your staff, and see if teachers are interested in having me come to their classrooms!