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Mindfulness for Teachers & their Students

 COMING SOON! ONLINE, SELF-PACED COURSE

   

Emma Reynolds is an accredited MBSR teacher, also trained to teach Mindfulness to students, through MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project, UK). She has presented numerous teacher training webinars for Macmillan Education, as well as written Blogs on Mindfulness for them. 2022 saw the launch of a range of Mindfulness materials for Primary students which Emma created for Macmillan Education (Lead the Way), including activity cards, posters, audio meditations and videos.

On-line Self-paced course

The aim of this course is to bring a better understanding of what stress is, how the body reacts to stressful situations, and how mindfulness can help calm the mind and body, allowing teachers to be more skillful when dealing with potentially stressful situations. You'll also learn how to bring mindfulness to your students, to help them focus, be more empathetic and learn how to work with life's stressors such as exam stress.

 

Potential Benefits for Teachers

There are now over 30 years worth of scientific research that consistently show how mindfulness practices can enhance our physical and mental well-being.

Practicing mindfulness, and mindful meditation can improve:

  • Concentration and Focus

  • Creativity and Clarity of mind

  • Working memory

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Mental stamina and Sleep

  • Immune functioning

  • Relationships

  • Life satisfaction

   

   And reduce:

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Pain

  • Ruminating

  • Body Tension

 

 

What are the benefits of bringing Mindfulness into the classroom experience?

Through established techniques that have been proven to address emotional and behavioural issues, Mindfulness can support classroom management. Here are just some of the benefits

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Increased awareness of self and others

  • Increased compassion for self and others

  • Increased awareness of body states, emotions, negative thoughts

  • Improved ability to focus

  • Improved emotional self-regulation

  • Improved communication and listening skills

  • Better impulsivity control

 

Course content

The Science. We will look briefly at the new discoveries in neuroscience around neuroplasticity and reflect on how altering our ways of thinking can literally change the brain, allowing us to get better at stepping out of old automatic ways of thinking and acting that do not serve us.

Stress-lowering Practices. You will be given easy tools to practice in daily life to be less lost in rumination and worry and more present and calm. We will also explore how to be more compassionate with ourselves when dealing with overwhelming thoughts and emotions.

Bringing Mindfulness into the classroom. You'll be given guidance and tips on how to successfully bring Mindfulness into the classroom. Through these short exercises children can also gain practical tools to help them deal with potentially stressful experiences such as exams, speaking in public, and dealing with relationships at home and in the school playground.

Materials

The course will be offered through videos, exercises and down-loadable audios. These will be available to you after the course is completed and it's up to you how long you take to complete the course.

There will also be a monthly Zoom meeting for participants of the course to meet, share, ask questions and practice together.

 

Participants

For teachers with at least intermediate level English. No previous knowledge or experience needed in meditation.

 

WATCH EMMA'S WEBINARS ON MINDFULNESS FOR SCHOOLS

   

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"You really struck a good balance between the ‘why’ and ‘how’ and all of your ideas have a simple application and I would say will have a positive effect on classes. You connected and engaged really well with the audience.... CONGRATULATIONS!"

- (Macmillan Education)