Roots of Mindfulness for Educators
an online, 6-week course with Jeannie O’Neill
About This Course
Mindfulness is bringing awareness to the present moment, on purpose, without judgement. This means engaging in awareness of our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and environment with openness, curiosity and loving kindness. Mindfulness in the classroom has many research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in satisfaction with work, emotional intelligence, and focus.
The main objective of this course is to introduce you to mindfulness meditation and help you cultivate a personal mindfulness practice. Both beginners and those with significant experience can find joy and growth in this course.
6 Sunday mornings, 10-11:30am on the zoom platform (on your phone or computer)
Cost: $75 per person
As a nonprofit, scholarships may be available, please inquire
Discounts available for multiple educators from the same building
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: April 14th - May 19th
Replays available for registered participants - live participation is highly encouraged
In this six-week online course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation through a series of video clips, interesting readings, individual and group reflections, as well as guided mindfulness practices. Which naturally, all come together to help you create a toolkit for your classroom or workplace.
This course also covers current scientific research on mindfulness and the brain, emotion regulation, and compassion. The course is facilitated by Jeannie O’Neill, who has used these techniques in her classroom and has trained many other educators to implement them in their classrooms and work environments. Jeannie directs the learning process by answering questions, providing ongoing feedback, and modeling the mindfulness framework.
The basics of mindfulness meditation
How to work with thinking that arises while practicing mindfulness, rather than reject it
Techniques for meeting, welcoming and navigating intense emotions
Practices that cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, joy, compassion, empathy and lovingkindness (heartfulness)
The role mindfulness plays in communication and interaction
Support for developing a daily sitting practice
Roots of Mindfulness for the Classroom – Syllabus
Session #1 Begin with the Breath
A. Exploring the motivation for mindfulness practice
B. Introduction to Mindfulness: Definitions
C. Practice: Breath techniques and breakdown
D. Mindfulness, Self-regulation and the Brain
Session #2 Embodied Mindfulness
A. The Embodied Nervous System
B. Practices: Temperature of Breath, Body Scan, Walking Mindfulness Meditation
C. Daily Awareness of the Body
D. Mindfulness as a journey of BEING rather than DOING
Session #3 Social Emotional Learning through Mindfulness
A. Thoughts and Emotions
B. Practice: Embodying Emotions
C. Emotional Intensity and being the Witness
D. Mindfulness , Self Care and Self-Regulation
Session #4 Heartfulness
A. Verses of Gratitude and Kindness
B. Practice: Heartfulness
C. Self-Compassion and the Inner Critic
Session #5 Cultivating Mindful Relationships
A. Interacting with others through Heartfulness
B. Compassionate Communication
C. Habits and Addictions, Belief of Separation
D. This is your brain on Empathy
E. Compassion in Action
Session #6. Mindfulness in every Moment
A. Training the Mind to submit to the Heart
B. Heartfulness woven into Your Life
C. Mindful Eating
D. Maintaining a Daily Practice
E. Evaluating and Recognizing the Benefits
“As an educator in the classroom, I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
- Haim Ginott