Mindfulness for Students

 Mindfulness addresses the child as a whole, supporting social emotional learning skills needed to succeed not only in school but throughout life.  Students learn strategies for gaining emotional awareness, attention stability, impulse control, empathy, and stress management.

Programs for Students

All programs are based on Mindful Schools® evidence based curriculum.

Mindfulness Now: One Session Workshop

This one session workshop introduces basic mindfulness concepts .  It can be presented to individual classrooms or student assemblies.  Great for teachers who want to bring mindfulness concepts into their classroom when no school wide mindfulness program is offered.

  • Format:
    • One time session, 30- 90 minutes.
  • Students Learn:
    • How brain functions change with mindfulness
    • How stress and anxiety affect the brain and body
    • Mindful breathing and benefits
    • Mindful listening and benefits
    • Integrating mindfulness at school and home
    • Take home handout

Mindful Emersion: Developing a Mindfulness Practice

This program gives students the skills and tools necessary to integrate mindfulness, gratitude and kindness into their daily life, both at school and home.   Lessons are easy to implement and range from 15-45 minutes depending on classroom schedule.

  • Students Learn:
    • Mindful listening and communicating
    • Mindful breathing
    • Body Awareness
    • Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions
    • Gratitude and kindness
    • Compassion
    • Stress and its effects on the brain and body
    • Neuroscience of the brain, body and stress
    • Dealing with anxiety
    • Mindful test taking
  • Format:
    • 16 sessions over 8-16 weeks
    • Two training sessions with the teacher
    • Student workbooks with mindful activities (K-5th)
    • One parent meeting
    • Closing meeting with teachers
    • Mindfulness Jar for classroom

Benefits for Youth


Neuroscience research is showing that mindfulness can positively transform the architecture of the brain, improving sustained attention, visuospatial memory, working memory, and concentration.

-Daniel Rechtschaffen, The Way of Mindful Education

Today’s World

In today’s world, our children are expected to keep up with the ever so quickly growing pace of life. Children’s and teenagers’ nervous systems are under constant duress which has been repeatedly proven to have negative effects not only on learning and information processing but also on their emotional and physical well being.

They have pressures we never experienced at their age; school work, homework, peer pressure, after school activities, and unattainable social norms. They are expected to learn and thrive to the full extent of their mental, physical and emotional capacities, while simultaneously meeting the demanding standards set by school administrators, teachers, parents and society. The constant pressure our children are facing, and the stress that is weighing heavily on their shoulders are not to be underestimated.

Benefits

The continual barrage on our children’s nervous system has a variety of negative effects not only on their learning and information processing but also on their emotional and physical well being.

Over the past decades, neuroscience research has shown there are many benefits of mindfulness, including:

  • Increasing focus and attention
  • Improving executive function
  • Increasing sense of calm
  • Decreasing stress and anxiety
  • Improving self regulation and impulse control
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Skillful responses to difficult emotions
  • Increasing empathy and understanding of others
“Teachers reported that feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout all went down compared with a control group. In addition, when teachers were more mindful, 'yelling went down' and classrooms were rated as more emotionally positive and productive for students”

-KQED News Mindshift

Testimonials

My sixth graders just loved having Jill and her exercises!…Jill was simply a master at guiding the class; I never felt the need to step in with boundaries of discipline. Kids share they use these relaxation and awareness strategies at home…and we use them together in class before tests and quizzes. Many students self-report using mindfulness throughout their school day.

Beverly Bell, Louisville Middle School Teacher, CO

Dear Jill,

I enjoyed all of your activities, but if I had to pick one I would pick the breathing exercise. I like this because it just go me really relaxed and I think it’s a good method to use anytime you feel stressed out. And in the middle of a crazy, busy school day, this can just relax you. The only reason I dislike this was because I don’t like raisins. But I could taste it a lot better when I focused. So I’m going to try to remember this. I really hope you come back to our classroom soon.

6th grade student, Louisville Middle School, CO

Dear Jill,

I like mindful breathing because I was mad, now I’m going to go find that person and apologize to them after this period. But I didn’t really like the raisin part (I hate raisins).  The listening was really cool and fun that was my favorite activity we did with you today.

6th grader, Louisville Middle School, CO