Prevent burnout and increase workplace satisfaction –
Mindfulness Meditation Training for Educators
In the last few years, teacher job satisfaction has reportedly plummeted to a 25-year low, and turnover is high — almost 50 percent for new teachers.
Mindful Presence’s mindfulness meditation training helps educators at all levels develop specific skills and practices to better cope with classroom demands while becoming more attuned to social-emotional dynamics and the physical spaces that are conducive to learning so both teachers and students are working in happier and engaged learning environment.
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What You Will Learn
While spending a great amount of cognitive energy on the content of their lessons, teachers are also constantly managing a classroom of students, some of whom have difficulty attending to learning activities, sitting still or getting along with their peers. For every teacher, these conditions increase anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion, sleep problems and stress.
Practicing mindful awareness helps teachers, faculty, and staff develop the skill of paying attention in the present moment so they are able to see what’s truly happening in classrooms and with students. In Mindful Presence’s mindfulness training sessions educators learn techniques to:
- Prevent burnout and increase workplace satisfaction
- Promote a calm yet enlivened classroom environment that children need to learn
- Be attuned to how physical learning spaces are impacting learning ability
- Increase class performance by learning how to manage stress and time
- Improve communication with students so they pay attention to lessons, respond to directions, and behave appropriately.
- Decrease disruptions in the classroom by giving students simple and basic tools so they can learn how to self-regulate.
- Manage difficult students effectively
- Improve impulse control and the ability to receive criticism or conversation without being triggered
- Apply emotional awareness and self-regulation to teaching
- Enhance engagement with parents
Mindful Presence offers both introductory and multi-week mindfulness meditation training sessions. Each option is designed around your school’s specific needs and goals. Price is determined based on budget requirements and constraints. The typical time-frame to establish a regular mindfulness routine is 6-8 weeks.
The work we do in and out of these sessions requires effort and consistency. Mindfulness and meditation can only be of lasting value if you have the discipline to practice regularly, as well as the motivation to try and be mindful throughout your day. Daily practice is expected.
Meditation is an important part of mindfulness, whether you initially enjoy it or not, as it awakens you to your current situation. When you practice with an alert and open mind for just a little bit of time, you will begin to recognize the benefits that naturally occur and become accustomed to the practice.
Learn more about how mindfulness and meditation influence attention, with downstream effects on functional domains of cognition, emotion, behavior, and physiology in the following studies:
- Mindful Learning: Why Attention Matters in Education
Education Resources Information Center
- Teaching Mindfulness to Teachers: a Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis
Emerson, LM., Leyland, A., Hudson, K. et al. Mindfulness (2017) 8: 1136.
- Mindfulness for Teachers: A pilot study to assess effects on stress, burnout and teaching efficacy
National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Promoting Stress Management and Wellbeing in Educators
Harris, A.R., Jennings, P.A., Katz, D.A. et al. Mindfulness (2016) 7: 143.
- Cultivating Teacher Mindfulness
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22(2), 138-152
- Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom
Hart, Tobin. (2004). Journal of Transformative Education. 2. 28-46. 10.1177/1541344603259311.
- Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence
Education Resources Information Center