Mindful Schools.

Increase focus and concentration

For Students

Mindful Learning helps students understand how to manage difficult emotions, cope with stress and anxiety, and overcome worry and negative thinking. By building emotional resilience and self-awareness, they naturally become more empathetic, more connected and less likely to be negatively influenced by pop culture or peer pressure.

 

Mindful Learning develops the internal resources early on to help our children to increase focus and achieve more sustained results while giving them the skills to manage themselves through the inevitable challenges in life.

For Staff

Teachers and staff of schools are increasingly reporting feeling overworked, exhausted and undervalued. Stress levels are rising amongst teachers and staff at a similar ratio to that in students. Mindful Teaching provides teachers and staff with the resources to manage their own stress and provides them with tools to regroup when they need it. Calm teachers communicate and assist their students to learn more effectively and teachers around the world are now using mindfulness to improve both their performance in and enjoyment of their work.

 

Mindful Teaching provides teachers with extensive mindfulness training for both their own use and for use within the classroom, covering many of the tools provided to students in the Mindful Learning programs so teachers are able to support their students to practice mindfulness within the school environment. As the pressure on our teachers from NAPLAN and other higher school exams increases, these essential tools help teachers to work together with their students to achieve outstanding results, while honouring the integrity of both their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their students.

Benefits

  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Manage stress
  • Create leaders
  • Self-manage emotions
  • Facilitate empathy
  • Inspire creativity
  • Generate happiness

Programs

“.b” (pronounced “dot-be”) stands for Stop, Breathe and Be. It is an 8-10 week course for young people aged 11-18, delivered in the classroom or in small groups over the space of one term. Each lesson teaches a distinct mindfulness skill such as focusing attention, dealing with stress and anxiety, how to respond rather than react and dealing with difficult emotions.

The .b Mindfulness in Schools program has been developed by teachers in conjunction with professors at Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Bangor Universities in the UK and is based on the extensive research on the use of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The .b Mindfulness in Schools program is now being taught in 12 countries and has been translated into Dutch, Danish, Finnish, German and French.

Each lesson runs for approximately 40-45 minutes and includes a brief presentation with the help of lively visuals, film and sound images, and practical exercises to make the ideas vivid and relevant to the students’ lives. The lesson ends with an invitation to do some brief practices at home during the week.

The .b Mindfulness in Schools Program helps young people to overcome difficulties, thrive and flourish, particularly;

  • To feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled.
  • To fulfil their potential and pursue their own creative, academic and personal goals.
  • To improve their concentration and focus in classes and exams and on the sports field.
  • To work with difficult mental states such as depressive and anxious thoughts and low moods.
  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life.

Contact us to discuss the possibility of bringing the .b Mindfulness in Schools Program to your school.

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Paws b is a primary school version of .b for children aged 7 -11. Students learn how the brain is impacted by mindfulness and ways to steady themselves when their mind or body is busy or out of balance. They learn about the fight/flight/freeze response, how this impacts the brain and ways to steady themselves when their mind or body is stressed or out of balance.

Paws b is taught over six, one hour lessons, or twelve 30 minute lessons using scientific knowledge, slides and film clips, short meditation practices, discussion and exploration of experiences and home practice encouragement and support (and therefore integration into life beyond school).

The Paws b Program:

  • Promotes well-being and positive attitudes towards learning.
  • Helps children to concentrate and focus more easily in school.
  • Helps children to feel calmer in exams and competitions.
  • Helps children understand themselves better.
  • Helps children to be resilient and resourceful when life is challenging.
  • Increases academic performance.
  • Helps with children’s relationships with their family and friends.

Contact us to discuss the possibility of bringing the Paws b Program to your school.

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If you would prefer for your children to learn privately or your school is unable to implement the “.b” or “Paws b” program, contact us for a Mindful Learning program for your private group. The program consists of four consecutive sessions of approximately two hours each, delivered over four weeks or over two longer sessions for older children.

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This introductory 1.5 hour session provides teachers and staff with a basic understanding of mindfulness, it’s benefits and how to begin. It explains what happens to the brain when we get stressed and how we can reverse these effects to calm down, access greater focus, reduce anxiety and develop empathy. The session is experiential and includes basic practices and tips that participants can begin to use immediately. This is a great way to start and perfect for gauging interest in a fuller training program.

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Assist your staff to reduce stress, boost resilience and experience greater job satisfaction with the Mindful Teaching Program, which consists of four sessions of approximately 1.5 hours each. This program can be delivered over four consecutive weeks, over 2 half days or one full day workshop.

Topics include:

  • Overcoming Negative Thoughts
  • Building Confidence
  • Developing Resilience
  • Responding Wisely to Difficulty
  • Communicating Empathy
  • Building Trust
  • Embodying Gratitude
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