Dr Daniel Siegel - Mindfulness & Education
In a recent study conducted by The Teaching Council of Ireland, 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 address stressors and 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.
In February 2014 RTE’s Nationwide crew travelled to Westport and Castlebar to produce a programme tracking the work of Mindfulness Matters with children in Fahy National School and with teachers in Mayo Education Centre. The programme was televised on the popular Nationwide programme and can be viewed shortly on this website and that of Mayo Education Centre.
Developing Mindfulness and Wellness in Primary School Children
Face to Face
The benefits of introducing mindfulness and wellbeing into daily life are beneficial and well documented.
This course is especially designed to benefit both teachers and children in the classroom.
The courses use videos, articles, guided mindfulness practices and relaxations to incorporate mindfulness and happiness into the classroom for teachers and children. Registerfor an innovative online or face to face course to explore mindfulness, wellbeing, attention, awareness, and relaxation in daily life. Experience the benefits of incorporating simple and powerful techniques into the classroom.
Check out www.mayoeducationcentre.ie or www.edcentretralee.ie
“This was an excellent and very worthwhile course. I would recommend it to all teachers”. Participant, 2011
How to book sessions for teachers
Contact Mindfulness Matters;
Ann Caulfield 087 6108144
Derval Dunford 087 2888740
An Introduction to Mindfulness and Wellbeing - Croke Park Hours
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 reflect on their personal and professional self-care and to experience the value of mindfulness as they re-connect with the essence of mindful teaching, thought regulation and calm. As teachers learn mindfulness and wellbeing techniques they also experience new skills and ideas to facilitate the introduction of mindfulness to children in the classroom. Many schools are requesting self-care for teachers and are inviting Mindfulness Matters to facilitate this.Sessions are tailored to suit each school and staff team needs. They can be a full day session or shorter two to three-hour sessions to suit the staff group.