Students and teachers alike are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and stress than ever before. Whether a result of higher expectations within education, the rise in social media pressure or typical challenges that occur between peers, there is an ever present need for interventions and skills that aim to reach and support children, adolescents and teachers on a deeper level.
“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
A mindfulness program has been shown to support a student’s ability to respond and act from a place of understanding, awareness, and stability rather than impulsivity and frustration. Mindfulness also supports emotional regulation, attentional control, impulse control, self-awareness and compassion. The combination of these skills helps students feel more in control of their own feelings and reactions. Studies also show that students who have been taught mindfulness skills have more empathy towards others, increased perspective taking and improved social skills. Students have a greater ability to attend and focus both in the classroom and on homework, which leads to less test anxiety and stress and more successful academic outcomes. The combination of an increase in compassion, empathy and positive attitude towards learning leads to greater self-esteem and productive, happy students!
Teachers also benefit from a mindfulness practice. Teachers who participate in a regular mindful practice show a decrease in blood pressure and stress, a more positive attitude towards their work and a greater sense of empathy for their students and families. Mindful teachers are happy teachers!
Our school program consists of 8 mindfully-based, in-class lessons taught once per week for 30 minutes. Lesson topics include:
- Mindful breathing
- Mindful listening
- Mindful movement
- Compassion for self and others
- Understanding thoughts and emotions
- Understanding how our brains work
…and so much more!
In addition to our in-class trainings for students, we also offer mindfulness-based trainings for parents and professional development for teachers.