SOSF CALM Kids Training: Mindful Tools For The Classroom
Sep 13, 2018
06:00 PM until 08:30 PM
“Pay attention!” is probably the most well-worn phrase in an educator’s vocabulary. And yet, how often during the school day do teachers sense minds wandering and students not really listening? How often do smart phones and social media pull kids away from what they need to learn, academically and socially? Do teachers and students even share a definition of what “paying attention” means?
An excellent teacher has many tools in her toolbox to manage and inspire her students. More and more often, one of these tools is mindfulness. More than a trendy marketing buzzword, mindfulness, practiced with its original intent - paying attention, here and now, with kindness and curiosity, so we can choose what we think say and do – can become a powerful practice that fosters self-reflection, positive relationships and greater resilience, creating classrooms and schools that are conducive to learning.
Fortunately, there are simple techniques for practicing mindfulness yourself and learning how to introduce and sustain a mindfulness practice with kids.
The Sean O’Shea Foundation’s CALM Kids program provides a basic template that can be adapted for K-12 and beyond. CALM stands for “Chair-based Activities for Learning Mindfulness.” It requires only a bit of distance between desk and chair, a chime, and 3-10 minutes of daily practice.
In our two-hour CALM Kids Training you will learn the elements of a CALM Kids session:
· Chair-based mindful movement
· Simple breathing techniques
· Effective centering techniques
· How to sequence chair stretches
· Effective cuing for different age groups
Additionally we will talk about setting norms and creating a “safe space” for the CALM practice, and you’ll have the opportunity to practice-teach and receive feedback.
Encinitas Community and Senior Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive
Sean O'Shea Foundation
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