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Support Students’ Mental Health and Well-being Using Mindfulness

Using Mindfulness to Support Students’ Mental Health and Well-being is an online micro-course for practicing teachers who have students feeling distracted, challenges handling behavior management, or difficulties handling stress. This course provides a definition of mindfulness, explores specific exercises (like breathing, meditation, visualization, and movement) as well as mindfulness activities for kids. This mindfulness activity is designed for use with students of all grades, and it’s intended for all subject areas. Further reading on topics covered and specific examples of use are provided within the course.

Are You Experiencing Distracted, Stressed, and Unfocused Students?

I am sure you have witnessed in your classroom, students feeling distracted, having challenges managing their behavior, difficulties handling stress or trouble regulating their feelings. These situations can be challenging for any classroom teacher, but mindfulness can provide a framework for helping move students past these types of instructional blockers.

What is Mindfulness and How Can It Help With Stress Reduction in Your Classroom?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, a skill that can be developed through meditation and other techniques. Mindfulness exercises and techniques can be used in your classroom to help your students make better decisions, regulate their feelings and to be “present in the moment”. Students need to be given the tools and strategies to be able to do this.

Four Sets of Exercises to Reduce Stress and Distractions While Increasing Focus and Calm.

This course includes techniques that are used by teachers of all grade levels, and can be applied across a range of subjects. I’ll show you how to implement mindfulness meditations, exercises, and techniques in your classroom to support your students’ mental health and well-being. Oh, and you might just get some strategies that benefit YOU.

Meet Your Instructor – Melissa Clarke

Melissa Clarke has been teaching for over 15 years and is currently teaching 1st grade in Ontario, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Melissa strives to offer children an environment that is safe, warm, positive, inclusive, and supports children’s natural curiosity and exploration. She uses mindfulness exercises and techniques in her own classroom to help her students make better decisions, regulate their feelings and to be “present in the moment”.

Overview

1
Meet Melissa Clarke
1:15

Melissa Clarke - a school teacher with over 15 years of experience including a Bachelor of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education - introduces herself and provides some insight into her experiences with mindfulness.

2
The Problem of Distracted and Stressed Students
0:49

Melissa details the problem with students feeling distracted, having challenges managing their behavior, difficulties handling stress, or trouble regulating their feelings.

3
Mindfulness Training as a Solution
0:54

Melissa shares how mindfulness can help students problem solve and calm down in the classroom, with a focus on helping them becoming better learners.

The Process

1
Exercise One: Breathing
3:08

Melissa shares how feelings affect a student's body and provides an overview of exercises including five finger breathing, elevator breath, and balloon breathing.

2
Exercise Two: Sensory Experiences
2:52

Melissa provides ideas on how to use multiple sensory experiences to provide a focus for students during their mindfulness training.

3
Exercise Three: Visualization
3:14

Melissa shares her technique for helping students to visualize their happy place to help them reduce stress and become more focused and attentive in the classroom.

4
Exercise Four: Movement
2:29

Melissa reveals different ways to use body movement to bring mindfulness training into the physical world to help her students relax and remain calm.

5
The Outcome
1:52

Melissa reflects on what she has experienced from applying mindfulness techniques in her own classroom, the effect it has had on her students, and how to have the right expectations.

Supplementary Information

1
Closing
0:32

Melissa concludes this course by reminding us that consistency and practice are the keys to seeing the benefits of mindfulness training in your classroom.

2
Implementation Tips
4:26

Melissa reviews some simple tips on implementing these mindfulness techniques effectively in your classroom based on her own experiences.

3
Additional Materials

Melissa provides downloadable materials outlining the mindfulness training techniques covered in this course for use in your classroom, as well as links to books and websites on the topic.

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