Today’s educators and students carry so much on their shoulders. Meeting academic and social expectations – and simply growing up and developing a sense of self and belonging – can be tough. Yet the pressures in today’s educational environment reach far beyond these basics. Our world is moving and changing faster than ever.
Anxiety- Nearly 1 in 3 adolescents will meet criteria for an anxietydisorder by the age of 18.
Trauma- 46% of all children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).
Distraction_On average, teens spend 5 hours a day on digital entertainment, excluding school work.
Isolation_ Nearly 40% of high school seniors report that they often feel lonely and left out.
Stress- 61% of teachers report being stressed out.
Mental Health-This is an increasing issue in schools today
Burnout- Public school educators are quitting their jobs at the highest rate on record.
Effective teaching of mindfulness is critical to the future of young Australians. Research shows that mindfulness has a profound effect on student and staff well being.
Clarifying setting, and reaffirming intentions.
Cultivating a witnessing awareness
"A growing body of science, including the work of Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, has found that toxic stress can impede healthy development, literally changing children’s brains and affecting their capacity to absorb even the best instruction."
former president American Academy of Pediatrics
“When you work with children, it’s really easy to ignore our own needs,” said Brown. “Mindfulness has given me a greater sense of balance and calm, which is a benefit to the other people around me.”
former president American Academy of Pediatrics
“My practice is always evolving, and the kids I work with know that sometimes I need to stop and take a minute for myself,” said Waugh. While it’s a little trickier teaching high school kids, Waugh says they are respectful and know they don’t have to participate but they need to cooperate. “They’ll tell me they know it helps them, on the sports field or remembering lines in a play, and I’m glad they have a skill for when they just want to have a little space.”
Math Teacher & Wellness Coordinator
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
Emotional wellness, social skills, and life skills are important tools for everyone to develop as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Individuals who are well socially and emotionally tend to get along better with others, accomplish more, and generally are more happy. They’ve learned how to view themselves positively, evaluate challenges, interact with others, and choose appropriate responses – especially in times of stress or other challenges.
Individuals who don’t get the support they need to develop socially and emotionally are at increased risk for:
Controlling disappointment, anger and aggression
Depression and Anxiety
Lack of confidence
Poor academic performance
Poor athletic performance
Alcohol, vaping and drug use as a teenager and young adult
Self-Harm and Suicide
WHAT DO WE DO?
21st Century Issues
Anger towards others
Being mad at ourselves
How to be happy
Sports we play/teams we are on
Getting and staying motivated
What We Can Do
ATC's mission is to provide educators, parents, and community members with the framework and the resources to teach social and emotional intelligence in the 21st Century Learning Environment.
We will equip adults with a system of routines, practices, learning activities, and
discussion topics to guide and support students as they face challenges, work to resolve conflicts, and celebrate success. Through this framework educators, coaches and youth workers are provided with the necessary training, lesson plans, and a system to train the trainer and develop a mentor program. Our framework provides the educator with a road map to equip their students with the skills they need to:
This systematic approach will provide adults with 21st Century strategies and techniques to make personal connections with their students, in order to best support them in social, emotional, and academic challenges.
Our framework provides a process to develop a SEL skill set and foundation in order to set young adults up for successful relationships and a process for resolving conflict, solving problems and self-advocating.
By implementing the framework in the learning environment, participants will be exposed to daily routines and practices, and thinking patterns in order to develop the muscle memory needed to employ these skills in real life situations.
Module 1 — Active Listening, Respect, Eye Contact
Module 2 — Empathy, Compassion, and Trust
Module 3 — Inclusion, Acceptance, and Tolerance of Differences
Module 4 — Establishing a Common Language; Mean vs. Nice
Module 5 — The Eight Essential Questions that guide thoughts, actions and behaviours
Module 6 — Building Self-esteem
Until participants have mastered these skills, it will be impossible to have successful relationships, resolve conflict, solve problems, and self-advocate.
LET'S FIX THIS!
What Does a Mindfulness Curriculum Include?
A mindfulness curriculum generally includes mindfulness content delivered in short weekly (or more frequent) sessions that involves both the principles of mindfulness and the practice of mindfulness.
Depending on the specific school and the program they choose, the curriculum may include information on important concepts and definitions (e.g., awareness, acceptance, mindfulness, meditation), exercises (e.g., the body scan, mindful breathing, mindful awareness of the senses), and other mindfulness content that can be used by students in class or at home (e.g., guided meditations, relaxation imagery, written instructions, videos).
Why teach mindfulness?
1) Kids are stressed.
1 in 4 children suffer from Anxiety Disorders. (National Institutes of Health)
1 in 5 children suffers from a mental health or learning disorder, and 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood. (Child Mind Institute)
2) Teachers are stressed.
According to research, most teachers experience job stress at least two to four times a day, with more than 75% of teachers’ health problems attributed to stress. (National Education Association)
The Benefits of mindfulness
Start with teachers. Teachers are the vehicle for integrating change into a school’s culture. Is there a teacher who already has a mindfulness practice, and is willing to champion the effort to bring mindfulness into your child’s school? If not, are there teachers willing to learn more about the benefits of mindfulness for themselves, as well as their students?
Know the science. The research on teaching mindfulness to children is only in its beginning stages, yet there are studies that show its impact on both the body and the brain. Scientific evidence is an important component for bringing administrators and faculty to embrace your plan.
A few key studies:
A 2016 study in Frontiers in Psychology measured emotional well-being of 7- to 9-year-olds and found that a school-based mindfulness program improves higher-order thinking, and helps students become more engaged, positive learners.
A randomised controlled study in the Journal of School Psychology on more than 100 6th grade students found those who completed classroom-based, teacher-implemented mindfulness meditation were significantly less likely to develop suicidal ideation or thoughts of self-harm than the control groups.
A study of 4th and 5th graders published in Developmental Psychology found that students who received mindfulness training improved their cognitive ability and stress physiology, reported greater empathy, perspective-taking, emotional control, and optimism, showed greater decreases in self-reported symptoms of depression and peer-rated aggression, and were more popular.
For specific ideas on what to include in a mindfulness curriculum, speak to one of our reps: 1300 122 804
The real meditation is how you live your life.
What is mindfulness?
You may have heard that mindfulness — the ability to be fully present in the moment — can have numerous benefits, everything from decreased stress and sadness to increased levels focus and happiness, according to general mindfulness research. But what exactly is mindfulness? And, how can you recognise it and reap its many benefits? Mindfulness meditation practice is one way to truly experience the current moment and integrate that awareness into your everyday life.