Month: June 2016

Mindfulness in the Summer

School’s out for the summer!  Today is officially day two of vacation and I am happy as can be.  I love my job, but I also love the time that I can be away from it and spend time with my family.  Last summer, my husband and I worked really hard to make our back deck a sanctuary where we…

Mindful Monday: Wacky Thoughts vs. Realistic Thoughts

As I have mentioned before, so many of my students have anxiety.  Mindfulness was introduced to them as a tool to help in  stressful situations.  My goal has been to give them a tool box when it comes to mindfulness so that they are able to use what helps them the best because I know that they are all very…

Mindful Monday: Loving Kindness

Like so many around our country and around the world, I am horribly saddened by the events in Orlando this weekend.  While watching the coverage of the event on TV it made me think about mindfulness, my students, and my own children.  I wonder what kind of world my children and students will live in.  I wonder if there is…

Past, Present, and Future Thoughts

For my middle school students, getting them to be “mindful” about how mindful they are is a bit of a challenge.  Since I have started using mindfulness in my classroom, I have worked hard to get them to see how their brains work and how their brains affect so much of what they do.  This activity helped them to determine…

Mindful Monday: Body Scan

Today I taught my students how to do a body scan as a relaxation technique.  It is an excellent way to become aware of stress that you may not even realize that you have as well as a great way to relax.  Through a body scan, you focus on each individual part of the body.  Through a guided body scan,…

Mindful Eating Activity for Kids

When I decided to add mindfulness to my classroom, I knew that it was not going to be something that all kids would immediately buy into.  My students are 11 and 12 years old.  Getting them to buy into bringing a pencil each day is a chore.  I knew that no matter how well I explained to the students how…