The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Middle School – downloadable version – includes 32 lessons that offer a foundation in Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution to help students to increase their personal well-being and work for social justice. Students learn to address bias, discrimination and racism with compassion and skill. Educators will find an extensive resource section to help them prepare to teach challenging social justice topics.
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Live links within the curriculum connect you to video and pdf resources and allow you to move easily within the document.
Each 45 minute lesson starts with mindfulness practice co-led by a student (or students). Lessons finish with Peace Partners, paired discussions that help to build class cohesion and compassion. Units cover:
Unit 1: Identity and an Introduction to Mindfulness
Unit 2: Your Body, Your Mind, Your Feelings
Unit 3: Gratitude and the Negativity Bias
Unit 4: Your Brain and Your Thoughts – Metacognition
Unit 5: Conflict Resolution: calming down, apologizing, tools
Unit 6: Mindfulness for Social Justice
Lessons in Unit 6 cover compassion for ourselves and others, metacognition, stereotypes and counter-stereotypes, bias and discrimination, recognizing and reckoning with implicit bias, standing up to bullying, and taking action.
Unit 7: Wrapping it Up – Reflection and Next Steps
For more information, please visit TeachPeaceofMind.org.
The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Middle School was developed with the support and input of Principal Vroman and the students and staff of Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington D.C.. We are grateful to this wonderful school community for piloting our curriculum! This curriculum reflects their valuable feedback as well as author Linda Ryden’s 17 years of in-classroom development with her students.