Mindfulness in the Classroom
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.
A Mindful Approach
Location: TEC Professional Learning Center, 141 Mansion Drive, East Walpole, MA 02032
Dates/Time: Thursdays: October 24th, November 7th, November 14th, December 5th; 4:00PM-7:15PM)
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Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants can choose to apply for one graduate through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125.
The school day is filled with numerous internal and external distractions for students, teachers, and other school-based professionals. Noticing when these interruptions in the day arise and being able to redirect one’s attention to the task at hand is an important skill for students and teachers alike. Research has proven that when young people learn to be more present and less anxious, they often find they can pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance. Teachers, too, can improve their practice when they are more focused and able to put aside distractions. This course will provide practical strategies for incorporating mindfulness practices into your classroom practice and into your life outside the classroom.
Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom (bi-monthly) Deerfield Elementary School-all classrooms, Westwood, MA 2018-2019 School Year
Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom Greenwood School, all classrooms, Wakefield, MA Winter 2019
Mindfulness in the Classroom: Advanced Teaching Concepts (12 hours) EDCO Collaborative Summer 2019 & Fall 2018
Mindfulness in the Classroom (12 hours) EDCO Collaborative Summer 2019, Summer 2018, Summer 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016, & Fall 2015
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
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.
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What’s a good book to read to my class?
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.