Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Classroom
How to Incorporate Meditation and Breathing Techniques into Your Classroom Activities
Target Audience: This course is recommended for classroom teachers, physical education teachers, as well as out of school time professionals that want to learn how to bring mindfulness tools into the classroom or in combination with their classroom activities. The specific mindfulness techniques in this course are applicable to children ages 4 and up.
Course Purpose: You may already be aware of the growing field of mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, while calmly accepting your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Mindfulness programs, which often encompass yoga, meditation and breathing techniques, are now in high demand in schools all over the United States. Research shows that mindfulness skills improve memory, organizational skills, reading and math scores, all while giving kids the tools they need to handle toxic stress.
Moving stress from toxic to tolerable involves increasing the number of protective relationships in children’s lives and helping them learn how to regulate their nervous system, which is where mindfulness comes in. This skill allows children to manage their internal world regardless of what comes at them externally, which is a concept that even young children can understand. (mindful.org)
Course Description: Knowing how important mindfulness is is to the overall well-being of children, we are thrilled to offer this exclusive course to teachers and educators. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge into what mindfulness is, benefits it can offer your students, and then learn how to teach these techniques. There is no experience needed in yoga or meditation to take this course. You can easily teach these mindfulness tools using our easy-to-follow videos and resources.
This course will start by diving into what mindfulness means and how you can help children develop mindful habits that will last a lifetime. Pretzel Kids mindfulness expert, Patricia Chilangwa, will then guide you through a video tutorial on how to bring mindfulness into your classroom. Patricia is uniquely qualified to teach this mindfulness course. A yogini since 2000, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Boston College and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She draws on her years of experience as a preschool and elementary school teacher to design and implement developmentally-appropriate curricula for children of all ages and abilities. Patricia is joined by Pretzel Kids founder, Robyn Parets who will lead you through a series of specific breathing techniques and visualizations (meditations)* that will give you a treasure chest of options for the students you work with.
You’ll also receive our list of proprietary pranayama techniques so you can start teaching these right away to your students. Plus, you'll get our resources on teaching mindfulness to children and teens, as well as additional resources from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
*Please note: A portion of video in the course takes place in an actual Pretzel Kids training class and the teachers are often laying on yoga mats. We understand that the children in your classes may be sitting in chairs and these breathing techniques can be done laying down, in a chair, or even standing.
Goals & Objectives:
- Articulate the benefits of mindfulness for students ages 4 and up
- Familiarize teachers and educators with the basics of breathing techniques
- Familiarize teachers and educators with the basics of short visualization (meditation) techniques
- Provide adequate tools and resources for teachers and educators to adapt mindfulness for the specific needs of their classes, making it relative to classroom content and beneficial to both teachers and their students.
Learning Materials: Most of the materials in this course comprise original Pretzel Kids® content, including videos demonstrating techniques; visual and textual descriptions/explanations of techniques; breathing exercises; and readings compiled from first- and secondary-source materials. Additional reading materials will also be a part of the course. All materials will be housed in the online course module and available for download.
Technology needed to complete: You will need a computer with an updated browser (preferably Chrome) to complete the course. In addition, you will need a working and valid email address.
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I'm Robyn Parets and I'm the Founder and CEO of Pretzel Kids®. I'm also a mom of three boys, certified yoga teacher, former yoga studio owner, and mindfulness teacher. When I'm not creating new kids yoga games and curriculum material, I can be found teaching yoga or creating wellness and children's educational content for our Pretzel Kids® teaching community.
"I LOVE the class videos! Wonderful, practical, and easy to use ideas for the classroom! Bravo! Very impressive yet simple"
"This is a great introductory course in using mindfulness in the classroom. All teachers and students will benefit from using mindfulness. The instructor provided many good examples of mindfulness and it was very easy to learn even for beginners. I have used mindfulness in my yoga classes for years and the students love this time to of relaxation. I recommend this course to all teachers at all level regardless of their area of expertise."
"Thank you for arranging this online course, which is very beneficial for us, as we have been using mindfulness as one of the key strategies within our support program for helping students with special needs in mainstream schools. It is of course beneficial for our employees as well, and the teachers and neurotypical students within the same classroom!" - C.B.