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Mindful School Training

School:
Lynch Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Debbie Minkle 
Students Impacted:
36 
Grade:
Date:
January 22, 2014

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $675.00

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Goal

To receive training to implement the Mindful Schools Program in my classroom http://www.mindfulschools.org/about/our-story/
 

 

What will be done with my students

Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Students will be taught a simple but powerful technique called mindfulness to teach children how to focus, manage their emotions, handle their stress, and resolve conflicts. Instead of simply telling children to do these things, we show children how — through direct experience. It allows children to make wiser decisions in the heat of the moment, rather than only in retrospect. 

 

Benefits to my students

Mindfulness develops an “inner compass” – a true lifetime skill that is highly preventive. Understanding one’s own thoughts and feelings can save massive future expenditures to address juvenile delinquency, poor academic performance, stress, mental disorders, etc… In addition, having a mind that is calm, focused, and empathetic allows children to increase their scholastic aptitude, particularly if they experience a high degree of stress outside of school.

The skills we learn as children are the ones at which we become best, which is why we begin teaching children in elementary school. All children can benefit from the vital skill of mindfulness, which helps them succeed at school and in life. 

 

Describe the Students

I team teach two classes of 3rd graders. We are a Title I school with a very high Economically Disadvantaged population. We have a mix of high and low performers, ESE students, and ESOL students. Our students need a highly structured behavior system. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Online Training Course provides the fundamentals in Mindfulness. The curriculum training course provides the skills necessary to train students and families. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Online Training Course $125.00
2 Curriculum Training $550.00
  Total: $675.00

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