In-Class Lessons

Here are examples of how I teach mindfulness in an elementary school. I visit each class for 15 minutes once per week for 8 weeks. After that, the teachers use the Core Practice (ringing chime for 60 seconds) at major transition points during the day to continue student practice. My curriculum (not yet published) is based on the MindUP curriculum, combined with my own work on mindfulness with families (Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy).

Lesson #1 - Lizard Brain vs. Smart Part

This is part of our first lesson at Carden where we introduce the "lizard part" of the brain and the "smart part."

Lesson #2 - Core Practice

In our second lesson, we introduce Core Practice from the MindUP curriculum.

Lesson #5 - Sad/Mad/Glad Brain

Later in the program, we teach students how to use mindfulness to better manage strong emotions, such as sadness, anger, and fear.
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