Today on the show I invited on Kailey and Josianne from Educalme and The Balanced Educators Podcast. We talk all about practicing mindfulness in the classroom both as teachers and for our students. Don’t worry, they share with us what exactly that is and how we can make it a practice each day in our classrooms.
Mindfulness in the Classroom
I stumbled across Kailey and Josianne how we find educators most times nowadays…Instagram! I have been following them for a while and was so excited to find some ladies doing what I am striving to do- support teachers through podcasts!
Kailey and Josianne are long time friends who bonded over movement in college. They actually live and teach in Canada (and I ask some silly, random questions about Canada! hah!). But on top of teaching, they run Educalme– a website full of resources to help teachers teach students about mindfulness and calming practices. As well as a podcast where the educate teachers on how to teach all that in the classroom!
In fact, they have a complete curriculum that you can purchase and use each day in your classroom. They have done all of the hard work for us!!! We just have to push play and do it with our kids!
We talk about what exactly mindfulness is, because I think it can kind of be a “buzzword” that not everyone knows about so they tell us exactly what it is. They talk about how we can do it as teachers (and how important it is that we practice it first, before teaching our kids!)
Oh, and I share about my 5,4,3,2,1 strategy I learned from my counselor. 5 things I see, 4 things I hear, 3 things I feel, 2 things I smell, and 1 positive affirmation. I do this when I feel anxiety coming on as a way to “ground” me to what is really happening in the world around me instead of fixating on whatever it is that I think is happening.
I’d love for you to listen HERE!! I would also love it if you shared it with a teacher friend by sending it to them, posting it on your social media accounts, or saving it to Pinterest!
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Until next time,
If you found this helpful, make sure to pin it to your Pinterest board so you can refer back to it or so other teachers can find it!