Mindfulness in the Classroom

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Interested in taking one of my courses for teachers or having me work in your school or district? Contact me to discuss the full range of my current offerings.

Ongoing/Upcoming Offerings:

Past Offerings:

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom: Advanced Teaching Concepts (12 hours) EDCO Collaborative Fall 2018

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom (12 hours) EDCO Collaborative Summer 2018, Summer 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016, & Fall 2015

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom (three 80-minute sessions) 2017 Natick Innovation & Learning Summit Natick Public Schools

  • A Mindful Approach (15 hours) The Education Cooperative Winter/Spring 2018

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom (15 hours) Wellesley Public Schools Summer/Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2018, Summer/Fall 2017

I have already implemented so much of what Tracy has taught us and the kids’ responses have been wonderful! They are asking for more routines and activities!
— Winter 2018 Course Participant

Where do I start?

Start very small, with action that is sustainable over time. 2­-3 minutes daily is better than one 20 minute weekly session. There are tiny pockets of time throughout each school day when you can encourage or remind students to return to their breath. 

Mindfulness in the Classroom Newsletters

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2018:

September - Allow Your Summer Persona to Shine All Year Long

2017

December - Being Kind November - On Slowing Down
October - Teaching Gratitude
September - Back to School

What’s a good book to read to my class?

Elementary:

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda Written by Lauren Alderfer, Illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean

Someday Written by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Rosie Winstead

What Does It Mean To Be Present? Written by Rana DiOrio, Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler


**For a complete list of my favorite mindfulness resources, download my MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM RESOURCES**

Do I need to meditate in order to teach my students how to be mindful?

It will certainly help! As teachers, we lead by example. If you have your own (formal or informal) mindfulness practice, you will be able to speak to its benefits much more authentically. If your students witness you taking a few calming breaths in the midst of the chaos that envelopes most school days, they are more likely to try it themselves. You never know when something you say or do is going to stick with a child, or be the thing that he or she remembers about you or shares with his or her family that night.

If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.
— Mahatma Gandhi