Growing Responsive Minds
mindfulness instruction for kids and their teachers
Mindfulness for students and teachers
Why practice mindfulness in schools?
Today’s schools are often called upon to provide much more than academic instruction to their students. Particularly in urban public schools, children arrive with a variety of stressors. Teachers must now address the effects of poverty, neglect, societal pressures, technology, and a host of environmental challenges that stand in the way of students’ readiness to learn.
Mindfulness training helps us respond to challenges more skillfully. Benefits include decreased stress, increased self-awareness, better ability to focus and stay on task, reduced cortisol levels, and increased capacity for empathy and compassion.
I am a certified Mindfulness Instructor, specializing in school communities. My focus area is urban schools. Learning to respond skillfully to the environment unlocks our abilities to focus, attend and "show up" for our work as students, teachers and other school specialists.
Most mindfulness instruction falls into one of the areas described below.
Teaching and training
In-class mindfulness training for students and their teachers
Mindfulness instruction for class, grade, or whole school
Typical sessions are nine to fourteen weeks and meet once or twice each week for 20 to 45 minutes per classroom.
Mindfulness for teachers, administrators and specialists
Training for classroom teachers and other caring adults in the school community
Learn to being mindfulness and focus to your work with your students
Workshops and Professional Development
Recent topics have included
Mindful play for focus and attention, Self-care for school specialists, Bringing mindfulness to the physical therapy zone, Mindfulness and Individual Education Plans, and more