Mindfulness teaches us to step back and think about our own biases. We all have biases, it’s natural for human beings. What I love about this curriculum is that it doesn’t make us feel shame or guilt. It says, we recognize that we might have these biases, now what will we do? “Now what will we do?” Is the most important part of the journey to becoming a person who is more empathetic, more compassionate and who is ready to tackle this issue of injustice in our own lives.
– Connie K. N. Chang
The Peace of Mind - Social Justice Lesson Supplement for Grades 3-5
The 17 lessons in the Social Justice Supplement for Grades 3, 4 and 5 teach the practice of mindfulness not only as a means to help students calm down, but also as a skill to help them become kind and courageous peacemakers and agents of positive change.
These 30-45 minute lessons are designed to be taught in conjunction with the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grade 3 and/or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5.
We have created this Supplement because we believe that anti-racism work is some of the most important work that teachers can be doing right now. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to support this work. The lessons in this Supplement provide a framework for teaching children about bias, discrimination, stereotypes, race and racism. We can’t help to build the world that our children deserve without acknowledging and reckoning with these forces. We humbly offer these lessons as a way to get you started on the path.
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