Wellness for Thriving Schools
LifeSpaceHealth believes all students, teachers and administrators can enjoy greater peace and productivity by taking a holistic approach to wellness. While other popular tools focus exclusively on mindfulness or behavior management, our program is comprehensive. Stress manifests in a variety of ways and it manifests differently for everyone; consequently, there is no one-size-fits-all way to ameliorate its impact.
What exactly do you get with our package?
Our package is designed in three basic parts (see below). We work with you to design the best implementation strategy not only to accommodate your school's schedule but to address specific and immediate needs that your teachers and students may be experiencing.
Module 1: Teacher Wellness - Affix Your Own Oxygen Mask First
A healthy, happy teacher is one who can withstand the day-to-day stresses of life in the classroom and our goal is to help teachers be their best selves. We do this by teaching the fundamentals of mindfulness as well as the basic principles of how nutrition and movement can positively impact one’s health and ability to handle stress.
Our first lessons include: an intro to mindfulness and more detailed material about stepping out of automatic pilot. We also explore the role that judgment and criticism play in our lives. In additional to mindfulness, these first lessons include simple and specific information about foods that combat stress and keep you from running on empty, as well as simple movements you can do in your classrooms to keep your body from feeling stiff and sore.
Module 2: Connect with your Students
Once we have covered some of the basics about mindfulness (what it is and how it impacts your life), we go on to explore acceptance, goals and compassion as they relate to mindfulness, and stress management. These concepts are fundamental to establishing connections with students. Forging deeper relationships with students can help resolve conflict, lower stress levels and create an atmosphere that is more conducive to learning.
This next set of lessons include specifics on accepting things around you (but learning how that differs from resignation), including the students you have in your classroom, the resources you have available in your school, and the number of hours you have in a day. We’ll also look at how goal setting can be powerful (for example, you have specific curriculum you need to cover at a specific time) but can distract you from what’s going on in the present moment (like truly attending to the kids who are not engaged and falling through the cracks). Finally, we’ll explore how compassion for yourself and for your students can change the way you interact with them.
Module 3: Putting it all Together - Carry the Calm
Now that we have explored how to help teachers be more resilient to stress and have developed techniques to forage greater connections with students, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. How do you recognize signs of stress in your students, bring mindfulness techniques into your class, and maintain calm on a regular basis?
The final section of our program includes hands-on classroom activities, a sample of mindfulness lesson plans, and plenty of time to discuss how to implement these ideas. We will also brain-storm how to manage specific difficult situations you may have experienced in your classrooms.
Here's a peek at what you'll get:
Learn the history and purpose of mindfulness and explore why it can lead to greater peace and calm.
Going through life on auto-pilot means we hit the same pitfalls over and over again. Mindfulness helps us build awareness around these patterns and provides us with opportunities to make new, better, healthier ones.
Judging ourselves and others traps us in negative thinking and prevents us from being open to new ideas and experiences.
Movement and Nutrition Themes:
Accepting yourself and those around you exactly as they are at this moment can help you diminish emotional conflict and move on. How can acceptance help you connect with your students?
You need to cover the curriculum in a specific amount of time but working lock-step toward a defined end-point can take your focus away from the present moment and away from the students you have in front of you. How can you set goals for yourself and your students even while you continue to focus on the present moment and continue to build connection with your students and the school community?
Compassion for others is important in a civil society and compassion for yourself underlies all aspects of personal health and well-being. During this session we will explore how compassion for yourself will help you strengthen connections to your students as well.
Movement and Nutrition Themes:
In the previous sessions, we have explored mindfulness, nutrition, and movement. How will you continue to bring these new skills and knowledge into your daily life?
Recipes, exercises, mindfulness activities, and other stress management techniques will be shared to create your own personalized wellness toolbox, suitable for personal and/or classroom use.