Click above picture to go to youth Mindfulness video 'Just Breathe'
by Julie Bayer Salzman
Mindfulness in Education presents a proactive approach to addressing the Bullying Triad:
Once mindfulness concepts are learned, practiced, and become part of the overall culture in your environment, bullies learn to PAUSE before reacting, victims develop more CONFIDENCE and may become less of a target, and witnesses develop increased COMPASSION and are more apt to speak up and take positive action.
Cultivate a Mindful Community in your school!
Kids in grades K-5 are often very inquisitive, curious, and ACTIVE! However, at times, many kids can also be very impulsive, judgmental, and distracted....which can present challenges in school, at home, and with peers. Social-emotional skills can take years to fully develop and it can be a slow process. The skills developed from a mindfulness practice are the foundation of all other learning and, some say, a strong determining factor in one's future happiness, success, and over all well-being.
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice at a young age can help to build a solid social-emotional foundation:
. Self-management (self-regulation, self-awareness, body awareness)
. Coping strategies (maintain emotional balance)
. Resiliency (perseverance, growth mindset)
. Compassion for self and others (kindness practices)
. Attention/focus skills (managing our busy minds, staying in the zone)
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice can also teach kids healthy habits of mind and body:
. Taking care of themselves (physically, mentally)
. Eating healthy (slowing down, experience eating, awareness of food choices, hydration)
. Sleeping (recharging their bodies and minds)
. Listening to their body's signals, before injury or accident (intuition)
. Tuning-in more to their Inner Coach and less to their Inner Critic
Kids can learn and develop a mindfulness practice:
. In the community - classes, workshops, mini-camps
. In school (if the school incorporates mindfulness lessons into their daily activities)
Scheduled Programs: (Sept-June)
Inner Explorer:(Ages 7-9) Fridays 4-4:45 pm $20 Drop-in; 4-Class Session $64 *August 2018 Mini-Camp TBD
Standing Strong - Tween GIRLS (Ages 10-13/14) Yoga & Mindfulness Thursdays 4-4:45 pm $20 Drop-in; 4-Class Session $64
Fit-Focused-Chill Tween BOYS (Ages 10-13/14) Yoga & Mindfulness Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $20 Drop-in; 4-Class Session $64
Unplug for Teens & Adults Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 pm; Fridays 11-11:45 am, $20 Drop-in; 4-class session $64
To register call or visit: 908-526-0002; www.ezentialwellness.com (AM&B collaborates with eZential Wellness Center in Branchburg, NJ)
*** Currently serving Somerset County, NJ and surrounding areas. ***
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In School Class Programs:
Teacher-Staff presentation (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:
The in-class, school-wide program may be the most effective way to introduce and integrate mindfulness into your school community. 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) (Including a Mindful Activities Sheet for the Classroom)
* 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 should still 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 meeting 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
In School Program:
For pricing and scheduling please contact Maria at email@example.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/Training: Combat Teacher Burnout with Mindful Schools/Blended Learning Model - Coming Soon
Mindful Meet Ups: Joins Educators, Counselors, Therapists, and Mindful Schools Educators to form a Mindful Community Network