Mindfulness in Schools
Mindfulness is increasingly making its way into the world of education, and for good reason! Many studies published in the last 10 years have shown that mindfulness programs have a positive effect on student behaviour, mental health, self-perceptions, and academic performance. In a time when schools are seeing more distraction and mental health issues, mindfulness is becoming more than just the latest educational trend. Instead, it is becoming understood as a valuable and necessary practice that is here to stay.
In this 6 week program, students learn to self-regulate by recognizing when there is a need for quiet and calm and to use breathing and sensory exercises to centre themselves. Using a variety of games, tactile objects, and visualizations, children's curiosity is sparked and they learn to practice focusing and shifting attention. These practices allow the students to feel more in control, leading to reflection before action.
Working with students who have achieved the ability to access quiet and calm within, we then use exercises that allow them to be more in touch with both their feelings and the experiences of others. Students and teachers learn ways of developing self-compassion and compassion for others and how to integrate these concepts into the classroom on a regular basis.
The mindfulness programs are adapted to children and teens and combine movement, play, exploration, stillness, and focus. The goal of the program is to ensure that the classes are equipped to practice mindfulness regularly as a group or independently anytime, anywhere.