I would suggest many people live their life on auto-pilot. How can you change that? By stopping and reflecting. By carving out ME time. By slowing down. By asking yourself "Do I really need to get that done right now?", "Why am I teaching that?", "Is there a more effective way to teach that where I can facilitate the learning and not be directly teaching all the time?" Once you have changed your mindset, you will be amazed at the engagement of the students. Students feel your stress.
I got to thinking about how I could come in and "do" mindfulness with a class for a couple of sessions and have teachers carry on. I needed something tangible and not philosophical so that teachers could implement the program right away. I decided to create an Interactive Mindful Notebook.
This notebook is suitable for 2nd-5th grade. (I have used it with 1st grade and it worked well, it just takes a little longer for students to cut and paste.)
This notebook set starts at the self awareness level. Each section of the notebook comes with information about the concept, lesson suggestions and printables. You can add things along the way if you want or have students reflect.
By the end, we hope that they will see things like "I am kind" as one of the best things about themselves.
Once students have learned to look beyond themselves they are ready to begin regulating themselves. It's important that they know that their actions affect others. This is one reason why they need to learn how to regulate themselves. The other reason is to be able to learn at their own optimum level. Everyone is different and once they realize that and what makes them unique, they can learn to regulate themselves and to take the breaks that they need.
There are three different varieties of pictures for the section on Growing My Character for different age levels. If you need a poster set to help you to teach (in kid friendly language) what these character traits mean, you may like this poster set that I created.
It's important that students see their growth. This notebook will help them do that. The final section is on Growth Mindset. There are lesson suggestions to help you teach this. Kids really respond well to the "growth mindset" philosophy. Once they learn to recognize that they may have a fixed mindset about something, they become more able to change it into a "can do" mindset which helps them to learn.
The key to this set is that student are learning how to self monitor, problem solve and become personally and socially responsible. Who could not love that? I hope that this set can make teaching this important curriculum easier.
Click on the image below to grab a FREE set of mindful posters for your classroom.
When kids are learning, the teacher is happy. Bring the joy back to teaching. :)