How does Mindfulness help schools?
Mindfulness helps schools by providing teachers and students with the tools and environment they need to do their best work. A Mindful classroom environment allows students to learn from calm and caring teachers. Mindful classrooms create peaceful interactions and problem-solving. Mindfulness builds empathy, increases self-control, and improves health. How would these outcomes improve your school?
How is Peaceful Perceptions different from other Mindfulness Curriculum?
There are several Mindfulness curriculum programs on the market, and many of them are very good! As a teacher, I found that actually implementing a program became an added burden instead of a positive transformation. Peaceful Perceptions Consulting starts with the adults in the room -- with research-based understandings of trauma, brain development, and neurological effects of mindfulness. Once the teachers feel mindfulness working in their own lives, then they are able to teach a mindful curriculum to kids. And we have a whole series of strategies to make teaching mindfulness a seamless part of your daily teaching.
What if teachers don't want to teach mindfulness?
We believe that teachers should not be forced to teach mindfulness. Children need authentic caring relationships more than they need mindfulness training. This is why we begin with the grown-ups. A mindful teacher is the best addition to any classroom.
Sounds interesting, but how does mindfulness impact student objectives?
Sometimes people misinterpret mindfulness to be a feel-good add on, instead of understanding it as the primary foundation for optimal learning. Studies show that students learn best when they are well-nourished, have secure relationships, and feel safe in their environment. Even if the only outcome a school is interested in is high academic achievement of all students, then it must address the social-emotional learning needs of all students. Mindfulness is essential to nearly all SEL standards, and therefore is the most cost-effective and long-term investment a school can make in its students.
Are mindfulness and yoga connected? Are we allowed to do this in our schools?
You will find a lot of mindfulness in yoga, but you will also find mindfulness in running, reading, washing dishes, driving your car, talking to friends. Yoga is a common learning space for mindfulness because it gives us a chance to focus on the way our body, heart, and mind respond to each other. Yoga is not essential for mindfulness, but it complements it well. Many schools offer yoga to kids as a calming activity. We believe it can be an opportunity for both teachers and students to practice mindfulness in a stress-free space. If that works with your school, wonderful. If not, that is ok too.