Mindfulness for Students: Holiday Edition

In the consideration of time, this week’s blog is going to be short and sweet.   Last week we looked at what you could do to bring some mindfulness to your life during the holiday season, today is going to be a real quick list for some mini-mindful activities/moments to try with your students.   Regardless of what you have planned, focusing on breathing, gratitude and slowing down may be some great themes to balance the busyness and excitement of this season.   Balloon breathing OR Ocean Breathing This is a great...

Staying Mindful (and maybe a little more sane) for the Holidays

  This month between Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation can be a bit energetic in the classroom.  There is hustle and bustle.  There is often a heightened stress that comes with students both anxious for and sometimes terrified of what the holidays may bring.  Families can be a source of happiness and good memories, while they can also be the impetus for a lot of anxiety and uncertainty.  Balancing the needs of all students during this time can be a challenging job, especially during this time.  A...

A Simple Way to Create Healthy Habits

Being classroom teachers, we’ve all had experience in trying to create large scale behavior that will allow us to do our jobs a little more easily and allow the class to function as a whole, doing the activities the way we need them done.  We don’t refer to it in this way, but we’re creating whole class habits.  We create these routines or habits with our students and when they enter our classroom, they know exactly what to do (after some initial learning).  Most students...