We invite you to learn how mindfulness can help enhance the quality of teaching and learning in your school.
As educators, you understand that learning can only happen from a foundation of wellbeing on the part of both teacher and student. Yet, today's teachers are often stressed, overwhelmed, and overworked. Students are increasingly distracted by external and internal pressures. And, it is estimated that one in five young people currently suffer from a mental illness.
Mindfulness is a great way to invest in the mental health and physical well-being of the young and those who advocate for them. Numerous studies indicate that mindfulness practices enhance cognition, self-regulation, and our ability to sustain attention. For this reason, mindfulness is becoming very popular in schools.
Working Well is a certified vendor for the New York Public Schools. Our trainings and classes provide a practical toolbox of mindfulness practices for students and educators. The workshops and classes are age-appropriate, secular, trauma-sensitive, and based on the reality of the school environment.
Mindfulness Classes for Adolescents
Imagine a class that helps your students build self-awareness and resilience. Imagine a class that helps your students understand their own minds so they can manage stress , make good choices, and learn to regulate their thoughts and emotions.
Our program for adolescents involves mindfulness classes that touch on themes like establishing healthy habits and managing peer pressure. We also delve into the neuroscience of learning, the effects of substance use and abuse, and the impact of stress on brain function. We pair these themes with mindfulness practices that enable us to flip the switch on our fight-flight response so that we can attend to ourselves and befriend others. Also, we explore the role of mentors and role models in psychological development.
Professional Development Workshops for Faculty
Imagine a faculty meeting that didn't ask you to take on another initiative, but instead asked you to follow your breath and listen to your own thoughts. Imagine a faculty meeting that gave you tools to restore your energy rather than activities that zap what little energy you have left at the end of the day. Imagine learning ways to help your students thrive despite enormous challenges. Imagine receiving regular reminders and tips on how to make your teaching practice more mindful.
Our professional development workshops for educators offer experiential and practical instruction in mindfulness that can be used at home and in the classroom. We have found that small mindful adjustments to your teaching practice can make a big difference for you and your students.