Mindfulness in Education Presentations Offered:
1. The Resilient Teacher = The Effective Classroom (For Educators/Administrators)
Are you really present in the classroom or are you caught up in the busy-ness of the profession running on automatic pilot? How does our own resilience and ability to self-regulate affect our classroom climate? Paying attention to our own state of presence helps us to be more aware of the happenings in our classroom. We can easily diffuse situations, hold the attention of students and create a relaxed and accepting environment for all students to learn and grow. Our teaching becomes authentic and natural and we are able to make positive choices when it comes to our actions and speech. When your students feel they are cared for and you are truly "in the room", a more authentic dance happens and connections are strengthened. These strategies change the way we interact with our students. Trina Markusson uses her classroom experiences and training in Mindful-based Stress Reduction to help you "be" in the room and understand the implications for teaching presently, making meaningful connections with your students. Teaching presently is the first step to having an effective classroom.
2. Mindfulness in the Classroom (For Students/Teachers/Administrators)
Life for students can be stressful! School, extra-curricular activities and relationships can cause anxiety and worry affecting all areas of life including academics, social interactions and emotional development.
Are your students stressed, anxious or over-active? Learn how Mindfulness can help create a calm, peaceful and caring classroom. Mindfulness nourishes the social/emotional side to support the “whole” child by training their brain to self-regulate, directly affecting their level of achievement. Teachers will understand the importance of modelling Mindful strategies, learn the benefits and try some sample activities to use with students in the classroom. Mindfulness is an educational tool promoting wellness strategies for children and teens. Although it matches specific Saskatchewan Health Curriculum outcomes, it is beneficial across all grade levels, classrooms and subject areas.
Children use Mindfulness strategies by learning to focus on their experience in the present moment. This helps them to pay attention, reduce stress, helps promote positive choices by improving impulse control, creating a calmer classroom climate.
Sample lessons include awareness of our breath, thoughts, movement and feelings.
"Thank you for adding to my tool box of skills that I use to help my students and myself. Your presentation was one of the best things that I have brought into my classroom."
Teacher - Horizon School Division
3. The Happy Educator
Participants will learn how to bring more joy into their life by being mindful of their thoughts. Useful tips that help us train our brain to focus on the positive things and change habits of negative thinking and behaviors will be shared.