Mindfulness in the Classroom
Google “Mindfulness in the Classroom” and a plethora of resources will be at your fingertips. There is so much information about mindfulness out there that it can be tricky to figure out where to begin. The most common feedback I hear from classroom teachers is that they get overwhelmed by this information overload and end up doing nothing. Hopefully the material on this page will give you a starting point.
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
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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.