Concept by: Elena Mannelli
This course has been created for teachers and staff who want to learn more about what Mindfulness is, how it can benefit both their students and themselves, and how it can best be integrated into their schools.
By establishing a firm foundation in their own self-practice throughout the course, participants will learn how Mindfulness can be cultivated in a practical, hands-on way. Course participants will be encouraged to keep a journal of their experiences which will provide insight even after the course has finished, and help motivate them to continue their own practice.
By the end of this course, participants will have established their own Mindfulness practice, having experienced its benefits first-hand. Participants will leave the course with a toolbox of Mindfulness practices which they can use in their classrooms. They will have gained an understanding of how these practices can be adapted to their individual student populations, and how they can be introduced to students unfamiliar with Mindfulness. Finally, they will have a firm grasp of how Mindfulness practices can have a positive effect on students’ moods, ability to focus, stress levels, and communication – as well as their own.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.
Day 1 – Course introduction & Intro to mindfulness
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
- Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
Intro to mindfulness
- Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
- Establishing a definition of Mindfulness; introduction to seated practice; self-practice as a foundation for integrating Mindfulness into the classroom; Embodiment practices
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – The science behind mindfulness
Seated practice and discussion; the history and science of Mindfulness; Benefits of Mindfulness for teachers and students; Focused attention practices
Day 3 – Introducing mindfulness to students
Seated practice and discussion; a history of Mindfulness in schools; Approaches to integrating mindfulness practices into schools; the language of Mindfulness in the classroom; introducing the concept of Mindfulness to students; Mindfulness and inclusivity; adapting the practices for different ages and needs; Heartfulness practices
Day 4 – Mindfulness and classroom management
Seated practice and discussion; mindful listening and communication; Mindfulness and classroom management; Interconnection practices
Day 5 – Creating a meditation practice & Course closure
Creating a meditation practice
Seated practice and discussion; creating and presenting a meditation practice; group feedback.
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
Day 6 – Excursion
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
- Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
- Teacher trainers;
- Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;
- Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.
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