Follow these 4 easy steps and as a result, you and your students will thrive in a calm learning atmosphere.
Routine and structure are so important when it comes to student learning. When you teach mindfulness every day, students aren’t just exposed to strategies that will help them to manage their emotions and behaviours, they begin to actually use the skills they are learning independently.
Most of your students have never done a mindfulness practice, so it’s up to you to be clear on what they can do to have success. Explain the importance of listening actively to the Educalme audio guided practices and decide as a class what active listening looks like, sounds like and feels like. We recommend displaying the expectations in your classroom and reviewing them daily as your students are learning this new practice.
You don’t have time to waste searching through YouTube to find a practice that is age-appropriate and the correct length. That’s why we’ve created a month-long series of 5-minute audio guided mindfulness practices that work in a classroom. It’s available in both English and French and it’s FREE! Click here to access it now!
For younger grades, listen to audio 1 for a week and then move onto audio 2 the following week. Continue until you’ve used all 5 audios. For older grades, listen to audio 1 on Monday, audio 2 on Tuesday and so on. Repeat for at least 1 month.
Be sure to sit and practice with your students, it’s important that you model what mindfulness looks like since it’s brand new to them.
Reflection and discussion helps students to understand how mindfulness helps them and to envision how it can help them when they’re facing a challenging emotion or situation.
Now, you’re all set to start a mindfulness practice in your classroom!
With calm and appreciation,
Kailey and Josianne