How to Teach Mindfulness

Below under Teacher Resources we highlight Mindfulness in Education resources in no particular order. The left panel includes The Guardian Teacher Network resources and Resource Hubs.

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Teacher Resources

The following free film 'Healthy Habits of Mind' describes why mindfulness belongs in education, covering neuroscience, educator training, and showing mindfulness implemented in the classroom. www.mindfulschools.org/resources/healthy-habits-of-mind/

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens

 

Stressed Teens is celebrating its 13th year. This evidence-based program has been serving the adolescent community for over a decade. This course is an intensive program that provides certification in the Stressed Teens program upon completing the ten-week course.

 

This professional development program is intended for those who wish to deepen their mindfulness-based skills with adolescents. It is suggested for those interested in mindfulness from varying disciplines and background. Parents, educators, doctors, mental health and health professionals are welcome to attend.

From left to right Chris Cullen, Ruth Collins, Siobhan Lynch, Steven Stanley Kate Malleson, Ariana Faris

Mindfulness for Students Network

 

The Mindfulness for Students Network is made up of mindfulness teachers who are interested in supporting the practice of mindfulness in higher education. We have come together to create a forum for sharing resources, information and good practice.

 

The practice of mindfulness in universities and colleges is a relatively recent development and we hope to encourage more institutions to offer their students mindfulness training to help them manage the normal stresses of student life effectively so as to be able to work in a way which is enjoyable, creative and productive.

Teach Mindfulness in Schools Project

 

Teaching secular mindfulness to pupils, teachers and parents using the .b courses. Pronounced (dot-be), stands for "stop, Breathe and Be!". This simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel of a nine lesson course for schools.

Children 7 - 11 Olds Course

A primary school mindfulness curriculum called paws .b’ for children in years 3 to 6 (7-11 year-olds) and is offered formally as a series of PSHE lessons, and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.

Mindful Schools

 

Mindful Schools was founded in 2007 as a program of a single school in Oakland CA. Today, it is a not-for-profit training organization with online and in-person courses, content, and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries.

 

Room to Breathe Film

Explores the personal transformations that happen for students, their families, and educators as mindfulness is introduced in a truly challenging public school environment. By providing a raw and realistic look at the experience, it shows how integrating mindfulness, along with patience, skill, collaboration and more, can transform even the most difficult classrooms. Watch the Trailer and full film on this link: www.mindfulschools.org/resources/room-to-breathe/

Modern Mindfulness

 

Modern Mindfulness for Schools helps parents and educators empower youth with the ability to focus and relax. Our interactive online curriculum teaches you how to teach mindfulness to youth while supporting you with expert-led exercises and videos.

Modern Mindfulness represents a collaboration between mindfulness experts at the Center for Mindful Learning (CML) with decades of experience teaching mindfulness, and professional classroom educators at Smilie Memorial School with decades of experience teaching in schools.

Everybody Present

 

Everybody Present aims to transform schools and young people's lives through mindfulness training and education.

 

We are committed to making mindfulness fun and relevant for young people in London schools through our engaging, research-backed and practical courses.

 

Our aim is to ensure that every child has a chance to experience the life changing benefits of mindfulness in their classroom to thrive at school and in life.

Mind with Heart

 

An international charity dedicated to equipping young people with the skills needed for developing character and for building a more sustainable society.  Mind with Heart offers:

  • a complete social and emotional learning curriculum
  • tools for developing attention, resilience and awarenes
  • a whole-school approach to cultivating mindfulness and compassion
  • trainings and events for all education professionals, including policy-makers
  • packs and videos to support youth events on the role of compassion in society

Mindful Emotion Coaching 

Bath Spa University and EHCAP have been commissioned by Public Health , Somerset County Council to provide Emotion Coaching Training to the children and young people’s workforce in Somerset. The training is based on Bath Spa’s Aware Schools Programme and both organisations’ work on emotion coaching, inspired by Professor John Gottman’s research in the USA.

Wake Up Schools

Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

 

Plum Village and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh have been working in mindfulness in education across the world for over 20 years with retreats, inspirational and practical books and publications, courses in universities and work in schools.

 

We use mindfulness, the energy of being aware and awake to what is happening inside and around us in the present moment, to nourish education communities that excel in social emotional learning, moral/ethical education, experiential learning, stress reduction, and inner resilience. In doing this the classroom and school become a family, enabling participants to lead happy, healthy, and meaningful lives.

"This is a practical and instantly likeable introduction to bringing mindfulness to the classroom." – The Guardian

 

Find out more about this practical online USA resource 

Support young people to improve focus, reduce stress, and build compassion.

♦ Modern Mindfulness was developed in a public school as a collaboration between mindfulness experts and professional educators.

♦ The program teaches young people the skills of focus and relaxation in order to improve social, emotional, and academic learning.

♦ Our online software-assisted curriculum includes daily mindfulness exercises, weekly videos, and a practice-based online teacher training.

MindUP for Schools

 

An evidence-based, CASEL accredited social and emotional learning program that reduces stress, improves academic performance, strengthens abilities for concentration, encourages emotional regulation, and nurtures optimism, empathy, and happiness in the classroom.

Human Values Foundation

 

For the past 20 years the Human Values Foundation has been promoting mindfulness as an integral part of its programmes.

 

The Human Values Foundation is a highly regarded supplier of transformational values-themed teaching resources for successful educationalists throughout the world.  For nearly two decades it has enabled teachers and others mentoring and guiding children and young people to provide a truly inspiring, holistic education. 

Connected Kids™ – How to Teach Children Meditation Training Programme & Online Course
Teach Children Meditation


Connected Kids Training Programmes are run in Dublin, Edinburgh and London. The online course covers everything in the level 1 Connected Kids™ course including 5 modules (approx 25 hours of study) that brings the Calm Kids book to life! More

 

The course has been awarded a silver award from 'Mom's Choice - Honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.'

 

Video Link: Teaching kids emotions through meditation

Top Mindfulness Teaching Resources from 2013


Mindfulness in Schools resource tops the list of Resources of 2013 on The Guardian Teacher website.

 

The Guardian Teacher Network team pick out their favourite resources of the year. From fortune tellers to question tokens, these ideas will give your 2014 lesson planning a boost.

Be Mindful - Online Mindfulness Course

 

This web-based mindfulness course allows participants to learn the technique at home (or anywhere with a computer) and at their own pace.

 

Be Mindful Online costs £60 and is designed to last for four weeks, although you can learn at your own pace.

Kingston & New Malden Teachers
Welcome to Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group

 

Join our weekly meditation meeting at 18:30 every Thursday at Gilpin House, 14 Rodney Road, New Malden, Kingston upon Thames (tel: 079 3201 1848). The format is one hour of guided meditation, music and silence. If you have the time stay and chat over a cup of  green tea. More

 

There are no requirements for membership, nor any dues or fees. The main goal of the group is to empower its members to get the most from our mindfulness meditation practice and provide members with the spiritual nourishment we need to grow and connect with our inner peace.

   Teacher Course Prerequisites

   If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education

   of children and young people, it is very important that the highest

   standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are

   maintained.

 

We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the young people learning it. The prerequisites of the certification course for .b are here: More

   Guardian Teacher Network
   All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware

   and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about,

   so it's no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even

   in mainstream education.


   The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills.

Mindfulness: A Teacher's Guide
This document provides a working definition of mindfulness, an overview of the scientific rationale for offering mindfulness to children and adolescents, a review of the professional and personal benefits of practicing mindfulness, specific suggestions for developing your own mindfulness practice (which is a prerequisite to sharing mindfulness with your students), and two examples of practices you can use in your classroom. More

Could mindfulness help teachers manage stress?

Amanda Bailey explains how she teaches mindfulness skills in school to help staff and students manage stress and improve concentration.

 

Over the last few years I have undergone a gentle transformation through the development of a personal mindfulness practice. I didn't notice the impact at first; but now I can see the positive effects of mindfulness in my life every day . . . More