MMP Programs Mindfulness in Schools

MMP Programs About Mindfulness in Schools

Our Mindfulness in Schools program offers K-12 students and teachers an evidence-based, trauma-informed Mindfulness Curriculum developed by Mindful Schools, a renowned organization for training educators to teach mindfulness to youth.  This curriculum has successfully been integrated in thousands of classrooms around the globe.     

All MMP teachers are trained in mindfulness and are committed to supporting students and school communities in meeting the challenges of our world.  

During Mindfulness in Schools classes, students practice quiet, patience, stillness, focus, and curiosity building techniques that cultivate the 5 cornerstones of intentional awareness:  

Presence | Attention | Focus | Empathy | Reflection

Through experiential classroom exercises involving breathing, listening, sensing, relaxing and paying attention, students have the opportunity to begin to understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviors influence their experience and success at school, at home and in their community. 

With skills of self-understanding and self-comforting, students can build greater mental, physical, social, emotional and behavioral intelligence, which can improve participation, performance and enjoyment everyday.

To fully honor the autonomy of students and of our community members, the secular nature of mindfulness is of paramount concern.

Mindful Schools

Mindfulness in Schools Current Programming

We have been honored to offer our 20-week curriculum at Whittier Elementary, Morning Star Elementary, Gallatin Gateway, and the Bozeman Field School this year. Are you an administrator or parent, and would like to see mindfulness courses brought to classrooms at your school? Please reach out; we’d love to chat with you.

Teachers' Perspectives

from Bozeman School District K-5 Teachers

“The biggest thing is having a language that kids understand about mindfulness…that extends to their work with their peers, being mindful of how they are treating and working with one another.”

“Students benefit from weekly mindfulness practice by using the strategies to calm their bodies, and approach activities with confidence and a growth mindset.”  

“Students and teachers learn how to quiet their bodies so they can focus, perform daily tasks, and live with more peace and harmony.”

“After mindfulness instruction, students complete tasks with more focus, diligence, and perseverance.  They are also more at peace within themselves, and kinder and gentler toward others’ needs.”

“When I teach about the zones of regulation, they know that mindfulness practices are a way for them to self-regulate and get back into the ‘green zone’ which is optimal for learning.”

“I think that self-control is an important skill that third graders need to learn and mindfulness practice seems to instill in them an understanding of the importance of self-control.”

In writing and art, I can use the language of mindfulness to encourage my students to be mindful observers, to get inspiration by paying attention to what is happening right now.”

Yes, of course I have noticed some benefits! One skill I teach is metacognition. I tell kids that it means “thinking about their thinking.” This is exactly what mindfulness teaches them…”

Mindfulness in School Program Instructors

Students' Perspectives

from Bozeman School District K-5 Students

“I use Mindfulness on stressful tests when I get really frustrated. I focus on my breath and then my mind feels refreshed.”

– Gyovana, 4th grade

I like noticing my “puppy mind” because when it wanders away I can catch it and bring it back.

– Logan, 1st grade

“Mindfulness is like taking a power nap. I feel sleepy and awake.”

– Elizabeth, 2nd grade

“Mindfulness helps me calm down when I’m angry.”

– Sullie, 4th grade

 

“I like mindful breathing because it calms me down.”

– Gus, 3rd grade

“I like Mindfulness because it’s calm and peaceful.”

– Caissa, 2nd grade

“Mindfulness is like taking a power nap. I feel sleepy and awake.”

– Elizabeth, 2nd grade

“I like how Mindfulness makes me calm.”

– Poppy, 2nd grade

“The rest of the day feels so much better after our breathing exercises. It makes me able to actually focus on my schoolwork.”

– Emily, 5th grade

Mindfulness in School Program Program Details

Who We Are

Our Mindfulness in Schools teachers are educators in our community committed to empowering our young with the internal resources to meet their own needs in our increasingly challenging world.

Who We Serve

MMP’s Mindfulness in Schools welcomes ALL young people of ALL ages and abilities. Our instructors are pleased to offer mindfulness courses to interested K-12 public and private schools, as well as to homeschoolers and children’s and youth groups.

Instructor Training & Curricula

  • Each of our instructors has completed mindful educator training with Mindful Schools, as well as enhanced training adapted from other well-respected mindfulness programs for young people.
  • Our curricula is adapted from the Mindful Schools and informed by consultation with experts in child and youth mindfulness education.
  • Each instructor is individually vetted and has passed a thorough background check.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of learning to focus our attention inward toward our full, in-the-moment mental, physical, emotional and sensory experience.

Science-Based Wellness Model

Mindfulness training is soundly based in the most current developments in neuroscience and psychology. Many schools, hospitals, businesses, veteran programs, recovery centers, and correctional facilities are integrating science-based Mindfulness training into wellness programs to help adults and children learn to better manage stress, anxiety and mental health challenges and to achieve greater quality of life.

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

Jon Kabat Zinn