presence, and purpose
Would you like to learn how to bring mindfulness to your classroom?
Do you feel like you could use some practical strategies for managing the stress of teaching?
can be a powerful tool for you AND your students!
“Mindfulness training can enhance teachers’ sense of well-being. It can also provide a buffer against the stress that arises from the demands and challenges of the classroom environment.”
-- Lisa Flook, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A 2016 study revealed that the most stressed-out profession in the United States was TEACHERS.
If you're a teacher, I know you're not surprised by this information. The demands of teaching and the accumulation of daily stress can take a toll on us, causing our physical and mental health to suffer (not to mention our relationships and our families!)
And as if it weren't stressful enough to know all of that, our stress impacts our students' stress levels, too! It can impair our relationships with young people, and even impact their educational success.
But as stressed-out as we are, we are committed to the important work of teaching. We came to this profession with a desire to nurture, educate, and inspire the next generation. We want to teach with passion, purpose, and presence.
We deserve all the support we can get in that endeavor. But too often, our professional development focuses on things like rubrics, state testing, or technology. And while those topics are important in allowing us to be successful in our work, we must also take time to ensure that we are not just good at what we do, but that we are fulfilled by what we do.
Luckily, the research doesn't just tell us we're stressed out, it tells us what can help! Several studies now point to the positive impact of mindfulness for teachers. Specifically, we know that when teachers practice mindfulness, it can lead to:
MINDFULNESS FOR TEACHERS is an online, self-paced course. All of the content (see the outline below) is delivered one week at a time, and can be accessed across all of your devices. There is no need to be online at a particular time, and you have LIFETIME access to the content once you complete the course! To earn credit toward license renewal, you will complete short written reflections on the course content.“Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others."
“The foundation for teaching mindfully is always our own mindfulness practice.”
This week we'll learn about mindfulness, and the research supporting its implementation in the classroom, and in our own lives.
explore the science of mindfulness and discover the fascinating ways mindfulness changes the brain
Next, we'll explore how mindfulness can help us meet the unique challenges of the classroom and the demands of teaching.
One of the most important factors in student achievement, and in our own personal happiness, is our ability to be present and attuned as we do the crucial work of teaching.
In our final week together, we'll explore how to bring mindfulness into our work with young people.
"Standing before a classroom every day is undeniably a courageous act.... You deserve whatever support is possible to make this endeavor both effective and fulfilling.”
Guided practices made especially for teachers! You can download these to your device, so you can take a moment to pause and breathe any time during your day.
“Sarah is the real deal! She guides participants on a journey that is uniquely their own, using the latest scientific research to feed the brain, and gentle mindful exercises that feed the heart.”
— Amy S., Teacher and Professional Development Coordinator
“As a teacher, I am constantly problem-solving and often feel the weight of having to come up with a solution to make things better for others. In the short time I spent in Sarah’s class, I have become much more reflective. I have slowed my reactions and take more time to just listen and process.”
— Sue I., Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
"Mindfulness has allowed me to more fully attend to the present moment, to stop chasing unproductive thoughts, and to exercise a greater degree of compassion towards myself. I’m a better teacher as a result of Sarah's class. Just ask my students!”
---High School Teacher