Mindfulness in the Classroom

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Do you use mindfulness in your classroom? This is one of my favorite times of the day. We switch it up, try new things and it's still a work in progress, but I'm learning more each time. Here is how I got started and a few resources you can use in your classroom!
First, we talked about what mindfulness is and why we should practice it. I found this great YouTube video you can find HERE that has kids explaining mindfulness. I thought this was really engaging for them. We spent some time talking about how it calms your body and rebuilds your brain. We also talked about how it takes time to practice and get really good at it.

Now, the first time was hard - for me and for them. I felt uncomfortable leading their mindfulness the first time, so I found this great website that plays recordings for your students. Check it out HERE! It is honestly a lifesaver and really helpful. There are a lot of different options!

I also purchased a few books on mindfulness for kids! My first recommendation would be Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom. Find it HERE on Amazon! It gives you TONS of options and lessons you can quickly implement in your classroom! My second recommendation would be the Mind Up Curriculum you can find HERE. Make sure to check for your grade level because they have different texts for different grades. This resource really teaches students how their brain works and how we can rewire our brain.

Another resource I use is Go Noodle! They have some amazing mindfulness videos that show up right in the categories to practice breathing techniques.

Finally, we have a mindfulness bell that I like to use with students when we only have a few minutes to practice. I ring the bell (in the picture above) and students spend time listening and being mindful of the sound. I usually ring it 3-4 times depending on how much time we have. I grabbed mine off Amazon HERE.

I have loved implementing mindfulness into my classroom and the kids love it too. It doesn't need to take 20 minutes a day and doesn't need to be scheduled lessons. You get to decide how often to bring it into the classroom! Even 1-2 minutes a day can make an impact! It's a really great way to help students regulate their emotions and feelings, as well as helps them refocus on our content and my teaching. Truthfully, it's been really great for me to practice as well!

I encourage you to try it and know there is no wrong way to practice mindfulness!


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