Academic Setting | Mindful Education Services

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Students are constantly urged to adhere to commands without being properly instructed on HOW to do so. Unless taught, students are unable to effectively monitor their impulses and distractions in the classroom. 

Studies have shown time and again that children with greater self-control grow to be healthy, more successful, less violent and aggressive adults. Mindfulness techniques help students to effectively identify and overcome emotional triggers that impede learning.

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Mindfulness services can be offered as listed below or customized to suit client needs:

 

8-week Mindful Curriculum delivery

Implementation can take place one classroom or grade level at a time. The lessons include:

  • Listening
  • Breath awareness
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Thoughts
  • Movement/walking
  • Emotions
  • Test taking

And more for a total of 16 techniques/practices. Each lesson lasts for 15-20 minutes.

 

 

Test Taking Stress Management Curriculum:

This curriculum is designed to address the increased levels of stress due to the high stakes testing and PARCC exams.

Lessons focus on the foundations of mindfulness that include listening, breathing with awareness, as well as a short practice on cultivating positive self-talk, kind thoughts and a test taking simulation

 

 

Supplemental workshops for parents and teachers include the following:

 

Mindfulness and Parenting – an option for a 1-hour workshop or a series. This workshop includes basic mindfulness practices (as listed above) and applied to self-care and self-regulation for parents.

 

Mindfulness for Teachers – series of workshops built into the in-service days. The workshop would be opt-in and includes basic mindfulness practices (as listed above) and applied to self-care and self-regulation for teachers.

 

This add-on training will assist with students creating mindful habits at school and in the home.

 

 

Cost Specs - based on specific programs and number of participants.

Mindfulness for Teachers

Manage Stress at Work

Often, teachers have a tendency to use mindfulness techniques as a means of discipline, unaware that implementing these practices starts within. With an average 1:20 classroom ratio, teachers are bogged down with the daily stress of classroom management and achieving academic deliverables. As the stress of job performance increases, productivity and creativity decrease, and eventually escalate to more severe symptoms such as anxiety, disassociation, frustration, and ultimately burnout. 

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Roughly a half million teachers in the U.S. leave the profession, resulting in a 20% turnover rate.

Mindfulness for Parents

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Manage Stress at Home

Being a parent has to be one of the toughest jobs on the planet. The pressure of ensuring you’re raising your children correctly, maintaining a loving and healthy household, all while trying to find consistency and balance in your personal and professional life. The stress of parenthood can lead to a parenting style that mimics a “to do” list.

Exposure to parent stress in early childhood development has shown to impact gene expression even years later pre- and post-adolescence. Incorporating mindfulness into the home can help with creating an empathetic, present-centered relationship with a developing child or children.

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If you are a parent and would like to inquire about our individual programs, click here.