MMP Programs Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness in Schools Introduction with Instructor Sara Friedman

In MMP’s Mindfulness in Schools program, we instruct students, teachers and others in the school community simple tools of focus and self-awareness that support learning readiness, emotional regulation and resilience within the educational environment.

Upcoming Mindfulness in Schools Courses

Free, 4-week Zoom Course on Tuesdays 

–New Students: 11-11:30 AM (MST) | May 4, 11, 18, 25
–Returning Students*: 1-1:30 PM (MST) | May 4, 11, 18, 25

*A course designed for students who have previously taken an MMP zoom course. We will build upon our mindfulness base, learning new tools to add to our mindful toolkit.

Mindfulness in Schools What We Do

MMP’s Mindfulness in Schools is currently focused on developing the Mindful Schools Program which has been an ongoing in-school learning opportunity at in Bozeman. It is now also available online to elementary and high school students for at-home learning and to school districts due to Covid-19 restrictions. After-school mindfulness classes are in the process of being coordinated for after-school programs to begin in 2021.

Our instructors are committed to empowering youth with tools to support regulation and enhance well-being in our increasing challenging world.

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 Schools Program Details

Through Mindfulness in Schools classes, students practice 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.

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.

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.

  • 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.
Anyone interested in training to be a Mindful Schools teacher to teach in elementary, middle school or high school is encouraged to contact Ellary at ellary@mtmindfulness.org

Two essential qualifications:
1. An appreciation for mindfulness practices
2. A strong interest in children and adolescents welfare.
A teaching certificate is NOT required.  Partial scholarships are available to promising candidates who complete the Mindful Schools online Fundamental and Essentials courses. See www.mindfulschools.org for course description, schedule and cost.

We are pleased to offer information sessions about MMP’s Mindfulness in Schools to teachers, administrators, parent and student groups, and youth organizations interested in learning more about the value of mindfulness education in children’s lives. Contact our Mindfulness in Schools coordinator directly to inquire about:

  • Setting up an information session for your school or group
  • Bringing mindfulness education into your classroom
  • Becoming an MMP Mindfulness in Schools instructor

Mindfulness in Schools Lead Instructor

Sara Friedman

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

Mindful Schools

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.”

-BSD7 4th grader

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

-BSD7 1st grader

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

-BSD7 2nd grader

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

-BSD7 4th grader

 

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

-BSD7 3rd grader

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

-BSD7 2nd grader

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

-BSD7 2nd grader

“I like how Mindfulness makes me calm.”

-BSD7 2nd grader

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

-BSD7 5th grader