Mindfulness in Education

Cultivating Awareness, Regulation, Presence & Compassion

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Research and interest in the benefits of mindfulness in the educational

setting continue to grow. According to Mindful Schools, "Healthy stress is a natural part of life, including childhood. Children and adults alike need to be challenged in order to grow and develop. However, in the modern education system, healthy stress is frequently displaced by toxic stress. Toxic stress occurs when life’s demands consistently outpace our ability to cope with those demands." To counter the impact of toxic stress, we must develop and practice skills that begin to shift our habitual response to stress for both ourselves and our students outside of stressful circumstances.

This module introduces educators to the history and research behind Mindfulness applications for personal and professional renewal as well as practical applications for the classroom.

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Why Mindfulness Matters - Read/View These Resources

The Impact of the Pandemic on Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has brought an upsurge in youth reporting mental health challenges. In surveys now, about 30–40% of young people say they feel anxious, depressed and/or stressed. Parents tell the same story when asked about their kids.

The Scientific Power of Meditation
Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

Being a Mindful Educator - Read These Resources

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Activities & Resources - Explore & Consider

Mindfulness with Zentangles

Art Based Mindfulness

Beginners Guide to Start Zentangles
Calm Mindfulness Journal

Writing is a powerful way to slow down, check in with yourself and deepen your mindfulness practice. That's why Calm created the Calm Mindfulness Journal, a 7-day journal for you to download and print.

10 Mindful Movements

Sample Mindful Schools Curriculum Lessons

Books for Kids

Support for Teens

Mindfulness for Teens

Here are some more useful resources for mindful teens:

Apps & Resources

Books To Explore To Learn More

The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students

In The Way of Mindful Education, Daniel Rechtschaffen offers educators the tools to develop classrooms and schools that cultivate attention while promoting kindness toward ourselves and others. . . . Most importantly, he provides the reader with ample resources and lessons that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom

In Teach, Breathe, Learn, Meena Srinivasan highlights how mindfulness can be an effective tool in the classroom. What makes this book truly unique is her perspective as a classroom teacher, wrestling daily with the conditions about which she writes.

Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities.

Online Courses to Learn More

Mindfulness Daily with Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

Mindfulness Daily brings you a 40-day online training in mindfulness meditation with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Each daily 10–15 minute lesson includes a short talk and guided meditation designed to assist in establishing a meditation practice.

Mindful Schools: Mindfulness Foundations

In this 4-week course, we provide a grounding in the neuroscience of mindfulness and share simple yet powerful practices and strategies to manage stress, build resilience, and bring your full presence to interactions with students.

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