The Mindful Classroom: An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators

Sessions for this event:

Session 1: Introduction to Mindfulness: Part 1
Tue Feb 25th, 2020 3:30 pm - Tue Feb 25th, 2020 5:15 pm


Session 2: Introduction to Mindfulness: Part 2
Tue Mar 3rd, 2020 3:30 pm - Tue Mar 3rd, 2020 5:15 pm


The series of workshops will offer participants an introduction to mindful awareness principles and approaches while exploring the reasons for the growing popularity of these practices in schools. A combination of content and direct practice will offer a beginning foundation for bringing mindfulness practices to students in the classroom. 

We will explore lesson progression, how to integrate practices into the classroom routine and build a foundation for fostering a supportive network among participants. Experiential activities will reinforce the emphasis on personal practice as a foundation for authentically sharing mindfulness with students.

While the two initial sessions will offer a foundation, additional elective sessions will allow greater exploration of specific practices.

Foundation Course: An Introduction to Mindfulness (3 CTLEs)
Must attend both sessions to receive CTLEs

Session 1: An Introduction to Mindfulness Part 1
Tuesday, February 25, 4:15 – 6:00 pm
In this session, participants will be introduced to mindful awareness principles and approaches and explore how mindfulness practices can counter the stress response.A model for classroom implementation will be shared: structure/routines, lessons and activities. 

Session 2: An Introduction to Mindfulness Part 2
Tuesday, March 10, 4:15-6:00 pm
A continuation of Session 1, we will also contrast formal vs. informal mindfulness practices and better understand how to incorporate simple practices into daily life. Resources will be shared to promote ongoing learning, support and sustainability.

For additional study, register separately for the following elective courses:

1. Sensory Awareness: Body-based Mindfulness Practices-
Tuesday, March 24 4:15 – 6:00 pm (1.5 CTLEs)

2. Thoughts and FeelingsMindfulness Practices to Focus the Mind -
Tuesday, April 7, 4:15 – 6:00 pm (1.5 CTLEs)

3. Heart and Interconnectedness: Compassion, Gratitude and Generosity Practices -
Tuesday, April 21, 5 – 6:00 pm (1.5 CTLEs)z

Facilitator: Mary Carol Dearing, LCSW-R, Grow Mindful WNY, www.marycaroldearing.com

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