Month: August 2017

Mindfulness in the Classroom – Setting the Stage

One of the most asked questions I have gotten from other teachers who are trying to start a mindfulness practice in their classroom is “how do you get everyone on board?”  The simple answer is…you don’t.  Introducing mindfulness to my sixth graders has been both rewarding and challenging.  As I have written in the past, so many kids at this…

Mindfulness in the Classroom – The Importance of Science Based Research

Mindfulness, in my opinion, is one of the most effective things I have added to my classroom.  After teaching for more than 20 years, I have been to countless PD workshops on many topics, but nothing has done more for my students than this.  As a reading teacher, it has helped to get students more focused so that they can…

Mindfulness Conversations 2017 Highlights

Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to spend the day with other educators from around WNY and Canada discussing mindfulness and our schools.  We held our 3rd annual “Mindfulness Conversations” event.  I love this event because it was put together by teachers, professors, and counselors who see the importance of incorporating mindfulness into schools.  The presentations are full of great…

Mindful Coloring

If you are someone who is looking to incorporate just a few things for your students to get started with mindfulness, one thing that I found to be very helpful was mindful coloring.  I know what you are saying…”who has time to let kids color?”  or maybe you are thinking about what your administrator would say if they were to…