Mindfulness in the Classroom
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Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom (bi-monthly) Deerfield Elementary School-all classrooms, Westwood, MA 2018-2019 school year
How Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Can Work Together 2018 Natick Innovation and Learning Summit (three 80 minute sessions) Natick Public Schools November 2018
Mindfulness in the Classroom (90 minute session) Turkey Hill Elementary & Lunenburg Middle School December 2018
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
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.