Mindfulness in Education presentations
Children are frequently told to “pay attention”, but no one has ever showed them how. Mindfulness can actually train the brain to create new neurological pathways for paying attention. Focus skills help students to gain awareness of their thought patterns and feelings, directly resulting in more positive actions. Instead of reacting automatically, students learn to pause and assess the situation choosing a less reactive, more positive response. Self-regulation is enhanced with mindfulness affecting relationships with friends and family. The increased ability to focus also directly affects performance in schoolwork and extra-curricular activities. Mindfulness improves the social and emotional intelligence of our students and is an effective positive behavior intervention.
A Few Words From Trina
I have experienced first-hand the transformative power of Mindfulness. After experiencing my own success with implementing Mindfulness strategies into my life, I decided to share it with my sons. They enjoyed the lessons and easily caught on to the techniques of noticing their thoughts and emotions and the importance of living in the present moment. I decided to try incorporating these skills into my classroom. My students enjoyed the activities and I began to see them using the techniques in the classroom and on the playground to self-regulate. I wanted to learn more, so I began to research how these tools can further be used in the classroom. I became officially trained as a Mindful Teacher and wrote my own Mindfulness curriculum to use with the students that also served to meet the outcomes of the Saskatchewan Health Curriculum. Even today, the Mindfulness strategies are my main form of behavior interventions in my own classroom.
I enjoy sharing these skills with teachers, parents and working directly with the students to show how these practices can enrich their experience. I feel visiting schools and working with the students and teachers is a very valuable experience and can help bring more peace and happiness to an entire school community.
Mindfulness in Education Presentations Offered:
1. The Resilient Teacher
An Introduction to Mindfulness
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
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. Student Introduction to Mindfulness
(For K-12 Students)
Students will gain a solid foundation of the concept of mindfulness, learn tools for resilience and gain an experience of being in the precious, present moment. All presentations are geared to the specific age groups with meaningful examples and activities.
4. Introduction to Mindfulness Parent Presentations
Parents and Grandparents can learn the tools for resilience in this hour and 15 minute evening presentation. These sessions have become very popular and the feedback has been incredible. When we get all three team members including parents, teachers and students using the same tools and consistent language for resilience, that’s when we begin to see changes in the mental health of our children.
Contact me to book a presentation in your school or community!