Mindful Classrooms


Teacher-Staff presentation or Self-care Class (45 minutes):

* What is Mindfulness?
* Understanding the work of Mindful Schools
* Summary of research and neuroscience supporting mindfulness
* Examples and demonstrations of lessons being taught to the kids
* Description of the program and what it looks like in the classroom

Mindful Schools Program Description:

For grades K-5, it includes:

*16 lessons in each class (visiting classes for 15 minutes 2/wk)*
* Lesson Handouts (activities, exercises, and/or journal sheets) for each student
* A Teacher-staff training (1 hr)
* A Parent Workshop (45 min-1 hr) 

*Modifications may be possible, without jeopardizing the integrity of the program.  Mindful Schools has provided evidence-based research confirming this format has been most successful with students in grades K-5; other options may be provided to meet the needs of your specific classroom, *for example: meeting for 8 weeks, 1/wk for 30 minutes, keeping the "total time" the same.  

Results may vary slightly; yet, there still should be a considerable impact on the students and the classroom environment with an eight week commitment.  

This program is modified and customized for grades 6-12 due to class schedule and multiple teachers.  For teens, our programs/lessons are often shared in Health/Physical Ed classes as part of a Wellness Curriculum.

Developing Healthy Minds & Bodies is the intention.  Some schools have even created a "Mindfulness Room" for kids to go, in place of detention, where they practice mindfulness, yoga, breathing techniques and learn coping skills, impulse management skills, and perspective taking, rather than being punished.  

Developing a "Mindfulness Class - Special" that meets once/week would be a valuable and impactful approach to making mindfulness an integral part of the school's culture and truly meet the needs of the whole child. There are many opportunities for interested teachers/ faculty to bring mindfulness into their classrooms - Please send an email for more information.

Outcomes:  A growing body of research and neuroscience has demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness in schools...

*Better focus/concentration

*Increased sense of calm 

*Decreased stress and anxiety 

*Better health - increased attendance 

*Improved impulse control *Greater self-awareness 

*Skillful responses to difficult emotions *Increased empathy and understanding of others 

*Development of natural conflict resolution skills 

See Mindful Schools Website for more detailed information (lesson topics/sample lessons), research, and resources:  www.mindfulschools.org 

For pricing and scheduling please contact Maria at maria.usewick@gmail.com. 

Many schools look to the PTO or apply for Educational Grants to help fund programs such as these (especially as a pilot program).

Programs for Educators:

Teacher In-Service:  Self-care

Training/Blended Learning Model

Community Support:  Meet Ups

Mindful Meet Ups: Joins Educators, Counselors, Therapists, and Mindful Schools Educators to form a Mindful Community Network