Happy learning environments start with happy people.
As an educator, you probably chose this profession because you want to educate, inspire, and uplift the next generation.
And one of the best ways you can do that is to manage your own stress and nurture your own well-being.
Studies show that children are attuned to their teachers’ moods. Kids can pick up on a teacher’s stress – even if the teacher tries to hide it.
You’ve probably experienced something similar when you’ve been around someone who’s anxious. You can feel their stress even when they try to put on a calm and happy face. This is because our central nervous systems actually have the ability to pick up on the nervous systems of others.
Children learn much better when their teachers are happy and they’re able to build stronger relationships with them.
We absolutely LOVED having Ms. Erin come to our school to work with our students in PK-grade 3. From our initial meeting, I knew Erin was the right person to introduce Mindfulness to our students. So much has impacted our students during these past three Covid years, and our staff urged the administration to look into providing meaningful workshops for the children, and that is EXACTLY what Erin offered. For eight weeks, Erin was a real part of our school. She was prepared for lessons, provided workshops and further classroom insights for staff, and always provided a letter to go home to parents regarding each workshop she presented to our students. She made real-life connections for our students and staff, and they are already asking when she’ll be back in the school!Sue Gosselin, Principal of St. Michael School North Andover, MA
When stress isn’t addressed, it shows up in the school environment with problems like:
- Deterioration in classroom behavior
- Teachers having short tempers and yelling at students
- Less work completed than usual (both for students and teachers)
Teachers’ professional development often focuses on things like technology or state testing. Yet it often disregards the important piece of managing personal and emotional wellness.
Luckily, mindfulness practices provide simple and effective ways to manage stress and well-being even in a busy work environment.
Research has shown that mindfulness can help teachers:
- Improve emotional wellbeing
- Understand a students perspective
- Be more effective in the classroom
Teachers and educational professionals who engage in mindfulness practices can pass on those skills to their students. They become a role model of a more mindful and compassionate way of interacting with others.
Learning to bring mindfulness into your personal and work lives can be simple with the right guidance.
Practical Strategies for Happier School Environments
Let us help you relieve the stress in your school with mindfulness. We offer:
- Custom in-service programs
- Professional staff development workshops
- Classroom instruction
- Teacher workshops
- Parent workshops
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Founder of Happy Humans, Erin O’Connor, is a Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor. She’s a former kindergarten and first grade teacher with over 20 years of experience in the education field. She has taught mindfulness to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators like you and is happy to create custom-tailored programs for your school or district.
Erin was such a pleasure to work with! She created a custom program to meet the needs of our school during these unique circumstances with valuable lessons that worked for a variety of ages and the students engaged.Ashley Graham, Enrichment Chair at Joshua Eaton Elementary School
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