Hello and welcome! I did not know much about mindfulness when I was asked to pilot what is now the MindUp program a few years back. I had no idea what to expect, nor did I ever anticipate how much mindfulness education would change the way I teach and view education. As I saw students respond whole-heartedly, I realized more than ever that children are looking for ways to self-regulate, understand themselves, and understand the world around them. They are also desperately seeking a way to slow down their minds and bodies in a culture that prides itself on multi-tasking and moving at lightening speeds.
While you never really move out of the classroom, my role has gone from one of full-time classroom teacher to middle school administrator with School District 43. With that said, mindfulness education continues to play a key role in my work as I work with teachers to extend practices that support the social and emotional needs of students into their classrooms and into all areas of the curriculum.
This blog initially came out of a desire to know more about how other educators were using mindfulness in their classrooms and schools and to share what I was seeing in mine. It has since evolved into a mixture of lessons, book recommendations and insights on various topics related to both mindfulness and social and emotional learning. It is my hope that you will find something practical and of use to you. I welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions.