About this module:
In this module we will look at the fundamental reasons why children suffer from stress; their physiological reaction to stress and the impact that it can have on their cognitive and emotional development. This module will help you to understand where, when and why mindfulness-based practice began and outlines the reasons why we should practice mindfulness with children on a regular basis. You’ll be introduced to simple, practical exercises that are effective in the classroom.
During the sessions, you will be invited to reflect and refine your own mindfulness practise and think about what works most effectively in your mindful setting/group of children.
This module is appropriate for teachers and classroom practitioners at all phases and contexts.
Session One: Why mindfulness matters will explore:
- What mindfulness is and where it derives from.
- What stress is and why children suffer from stress.
- What physiological reaction occurs in response to stress and how can it impact on a child’s development?
- How regular mindfulness practices can reduce and relieve stress amongst children and how it can teach children to value calm.
Session Two: Mindfulness in the classroom will explore:
- How to establish mindful-based practise in your classroom, including:
- Power of breathing
- Mindful meditation
- Expressing gratitude
- Mindful eating
- Sensory experience
- Mindful movement
- Factors that can contribute to children becoming stressed.
- The negative impact that stress can have on children’s bodies, including their brain.
- How mindfulness can reduce the effects of stress.
- Simple, practical ways of developing mindfulness in your classroom.