Dr Daniel Siegel - Mindfulness & Education
In a recent study conducted by The Teaching Council, entitled ‘Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress among Primary School Teachers and School Principals in Ireland’, its authors, Merike Darmody and Emer Smyth, found that 45 per cent of teachers and 70 per cent of primary school principals experienced occupational stress. As mindfulness practitioners, Derval and Ann endeavour to assist teachers to maintain calm and confidence and to create harmonious classrooms.
Mindfulness is simply ‘paying attention on purpose to the present moment and without judgement’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn). A mindful approach allows teachers to participate more fully in their teaching and children to participate more fully in their learning. It offers an opportunity to build up inner resources to deal with stress and to live life fully and joyfully.
This is a 20 hour Summer Course for teachers which includes mindfulness, relaxation and building self-esteem. It has been referred to by Teachers as 'the perfect end to a busy school year'. It is linked to the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme for schools and offers the opportunity to explore incorporating simple midfulness based approaches into daily life for Teachers and children. Our course provides abundant resources for use in the classroom.
These courses provide teachers with simple techniques to reduce stress and to encourage calm and harmony in the classroom. They provide ‘time out’ for teachers to experience the value of mindfulness and to re-connect with the essence of calm, relaxation and self care. As teachers learn mindfulness and happiness techniques they also experience new skills and ideas to facilitate the introduction of Mindfulness to children. Many schools are requesting self care for teachers and are inviting Mindfulness Matters to facilitate this.
Staff Workshops are available as;
• One day sessions