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Guest Post from a Mindful Teacher, Ashleigh L’Heureux

Guest Post from a Mindful Teacher, Ashleigh L’Heureux

  Mindful Moments in Our First and Second Grade Inclusion Classroom In a democratic and inclusive school where students have autonomy and work with a variety of peers, my first and second grade classroom can feel quite chaotic at times. With art supplies spread around, conflicts arising in the block area, and a child crying …

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The Pause that Refreshes – Ideas for mindfully beginning the school year

The Pause that Refreshes – Ideas for mindfully beginning the school year

It’s summer. Kids are out playing, or at camp or daycare, or on vacation with family. There are a few of precious days of relaxed schedules and potential adventure awaiting the students who will fill our classrooms next month. Unless you happen to be a teacher, particularly a newly minted one. Welcome to August. While …

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Testimonials

Testimonials

What Students say: “Once upon a time I was about to lose my head at A… because we were in an argument. And I was about to yell at her, but I remembered mindfulness and I calmed down and said sorry— 4th Grade Student Once upon a time I was about to lose my head …

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Training Resources

Training Resources

These programs are widely used in training teachers to bring mindfulness to their classrooms.* Mindful Schools Mindful Life Project MindUp Mindfulness in SchoolsProject *Important Note. Mindfulness training is not a brief or perfunctory exposure. Certified mindfulness teachers have spent hundreds of hours of study in neuroscience, classroom management, social and emotional skills development, and maintaining their personal mindfulness …

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Articles and Studies

Articles and Studies

Read about the science and application of mindfulness for school-age kids When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom Being Mindful About Mindfulness, A Skeptic’s Investigation Calming the teenage mind in the classroom Should Schools Teach Kids to Meditate? Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes of a School-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Urban Youth School-Based Mindfulness Instruction: An RCT The Potential Benefits of …

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Blogs and Videos

Blogs and Videos

Blogs worth investigating, videos worth watching Mrs. Mindfulness Mindful Mindful Schools Rick Hanson, PhD Video: Mindfulness is a Superpower Video: Release – A Whirlwind of Daily Pressures: How Students Cope Video: “Just Breathe” – How Can Children Process Difficult Emotions? Video: “Room to Breathe” – Transforming a Public Middle School Community Video: Aliza and the Mind Jar Video: Transforming a Future: …

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Books, Games and Activities

Books, Games and Activities

Here are some books, games and other ideas for understanding and practicing mindfulness with kids: Puppy Mind, by Andrew Jordan Nance Anh’s Anger, by Gail Silver Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy, by Scott Menchin Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), by Eline …

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FAQ

FAQ

What is mindfulness, anyway? Mindfulness is paying friendly attention to what is happening in our minds and in our bodies in the present moment, without judgment. Mindfulness helps “train our brain” to respond, rather than react, to sensation and emotion. How does mindfulness work? Mindfulness actually changes the brain! It acts in three primary areas …

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Stress and American School Children

Stress and American School Children

In our test-obsessed school culture, there is often a strong bias toward using broad, relatively shallow assessments to quickly judge students’ academic performance and potential. These tests do not consider environmental, emotional, or clinical factors that may have marked effects on how a child gets along in school. Happily, more and more schools now have …

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