MINDFUL SCHOOL COMMUNITIES
Our goal is to create healthy and mindful school communities through sustainable programs as we prepare a generation of students to thrive in a compassionate, aware and dynamic world.
We achieve this by not just reaching students alone, but by including parents, staff and administration. Understanding how our mind works and learning how to regulate our emotions are as important a part of education as any other arts and sciences taught in our schools.
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
Improves Attention Span
Regulates Emotion & Emotional Response
Decreases Stress and Anxiety
GTM’S 6-Week Mindfulness Program:
Our six-week program includes a 20-minute session once-weekly in each class. We provide evening sessions to parents and we support teachers with at least two trainings. We include a teacher toolkit and daily mindful minutes for schools and weekly Mindfulness Home Connection. We teach an evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum that includes brain science, a foundation of social skills linked to mindfulness, studies that support our approach and include active kindness-gratitude practice, experiential lessons on empathy and practical skills for the stressors that student’s face at varied developmental stages.
Just as we can learn to play the piano or do other things through practice, we can cultivate well-being and happiness. World-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson and his colleagues at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, inform us that the brain keeps changing over its entire lifespan stating: 1) You can train your brain to change, 2) that the change is measurable, and 3) new ways of thinking can change it for the better.
Research supports that benefits to students include self-regulation, anxiety and stress reduction, increased attentiveness, awareness and resilience. It can result in greater focus and academic success.
During the course of our sessions, students will learn tools and skills to support their own well-being:
An Introduction to Mindfulness & Mindful Bodies
Simple techniques to calm the mind, using visualization and breath
Managing emotions and response-ability
Mindful listening, softening and heartfulness
Mindfulness everyday & the Science of how mindfulness works
We are all in this together. Let's Grow Through Engagement
At the end of each week’s session we leave the class with a “Mindfulness Home Connection” (MHC) which can be sent to parents electronically. Our MHC describes what was covered that week in class and how to keep up the work at home. Each class will prepare its own Mindfulness Jar which will serve as a regular reminder of the changing nature of the thoughts and emotions swirling in us.
Introducing daily Mindfulness to students and supporting the 6-week Grow Through Mindfulness Program in every classroom.
A Mindful Minute is a pause, a minute, a time to rest the mind’s busy-ness into a more relaxing, expansive state. It is a tool that can be integrated into various times of a regular school day. In a very short time, Mindful Minutes can transform the internal climate and thereby shift the external school environment.
GTM’S PARENT and TEACHER Connections
Our program is a community-wide effort. Mindfulness education sessions to parents and teachers. We will share information and handouts on maintaining mindfulness at home and in the classroom. Our curriculum allows for a re-connecting to one’s self and an increased connection to community. Our goal is to create a nurturing school environment that prepares a generation to lead a kind, compassion and aware world.
We are happy to discuss your school’s needs and tailor our programming accordingly. Contact Us.
Bringing Emotional Intelligence into classrooms; giving children an opportunity to get in touch with their feelings and develop a vocabulary to understand and address them in an empowering and appropriate manner.
Educating children in the Mind-Body-Breath connection.
Teaching ways to self-soothe in case of stress to foster Emotional Responsibility.
Making room for Imperfection - building an awareness that while success is the goal, failure is a possibility. Teaching healthy ways to work with failure and defeat.
Application of the above in real-life situations.
OUR TEACHING PLAN
Children thrive with our unique "TIP" teaching plan: T- Teach, I- Inspire, P-Practice.
Our unique TIP model (teach-inspire-practice) encourages interactive discussion and participation through movement. TEACH hallmarks include lively and meaningful classroom discussion and plenty of Q & A time. In our INSPIRE approach we share anecdotes and scientific evidence on the efficacy of meditation and mindfulness. PRACTICE includes both movement and participation with the intention of helping students to make mindful-choice a way of life.
REACH BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Embrace a mind and heartfulness education with these opportunities for continued support.
Provide small follow-up teaching capsules for classrooms of every grade.
Reinforce the teachings in various ways to sustain them over a lifetime.
Provide support and coping techniques to children for stressful situations such as preparing for tests, sports events or transitioning to another school.
Speak to parents and teachers on occasion to educate them in how mindfulness can change their lives and families.
Sessions can be made available throughout the year or for a fixed number of weeks/months.
WHAT KIDS & GROWN UPS SAY
Mindfulness has helped me because when my brother made me mad I took a belly breath and it made me brave and calm down.
I really liked the games and using our four senses. This helps me enjoy the things around me.
I really liked connecting with my hero inside of me. It makes me feel safe.
I am so pleased that all 3 of my children were able to be exposed to mindful thinking and strategies while at school. I have seen them settle down, close their eyes, and use deep breathing at home to calm down. They also have new language and tricks to use when feeling anxious or angry. All three really enjoyed the activities with Katie, and I appreciated the take home flyers with activities for us to do as a family.
Harper Elementary School Parent