• Mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment with non-judgement. (Jon Kabat Zinn) Mindfulness is based on focused attention and relaxation. 

    Recognize your emotion

    Allow the emotion to be present

    Investigate the emotion with kindness

    Non-identifying with emotion

    Mindfulness is NOT:

    • Turning off the brain
    • Avoiding difficult feelings
    • Escaping from reality
    • Multi-tasking

    Focus on the present moment:

    - What are you feeling in your body?

    - What emotions are you experiencing? 

    Benefits for students:

    • Promotes academic performance
    • Strengthens attention and concentration
    • Reduces anxiety
    • Promotes self-regulation
    • Supports impulse control
    • Fosters pro-social behavior and healthy relationships

    What does mindfulness look like in the classroom?

    • Children's Literature: characters model mindfulness and self-regulation skills
    • Guided visualizations and breathing exercises
    • Mindful movements: yoga and stretching
    • Sensory experiences: music, observations, exploring textures
    • Cultivating kindness: positive affirmations, making a difference in the lives of others
    • Calm Corner: students are self-referred to take a break and rejoin the class when they are ready to learn
    • Mindful language: "mindful body" "focus" "still" "calm" "take an anchor breath to refocus on the present"

     

    How Are You Feeling?

    Zones of Regulation: 

    Blue Zone: slow moving

    - sick, sad, tired, bored

    Green Zone: ready to learn

    - happy, calm, focused, ready to learn

    Yellow Zone: some loss of control

    - frustrated, worried, silly, excited

    Red Zone: out of control

    - mad, mean, terrified, yelling/hitting

     

     

     

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