Thank you for taking up this important work with your students. We believe that now more than ever it is critical to teach our children the skills to manage their emotions, develop compassion for themselves and others, and to solve conflicts peacefully.
Peace of Mind Online Training Courses
We have just introduced our first two online courses. We strongly recommend you take both courses before you begin teaching the Peace of Mind Curriculum.
Course # 1: Introduction to Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning
Course # 2: Getting Started with the Peace of Mind Curriculum
Each one-session course takes about 30 to 45 minutes. We are providing the courses free of charge through the end of 2018, Please let us know what works well and what could be better in each course. To enroll:
- Go to: https://peace-of-mind-training-courses.teachable.com
- Click “Enroll now” and create a user account.
- Take the course, and let us know what you think!
New Classroom Resources
Teachers have asked us for anchor charts and posters that they can use in their classrooms to reinforce the Peace of Mind lessons they are teaching. We
listened! We have introduced four new classroom resources for this school year:
Anchor Charts to support lessons on The Brain and The Conflict Toolbox,
an 18×24 “Ways to Practice Mindfulness” Poster,
and a Peace of Mind Student Journal.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I teach second grade, and my first graders have already had one year of the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 1 and 2. My colleague is in the same situation with her Kindergarteners, who had the Peace of Mind curriculum in PreK. Won’t repeating all of the lessons be redundant?
Good question! Peace of Mind teaches practices that children will be able to use
for life, and all of these practices benefit from repetition. So rather
than achieving mastery of a skill and moving on to a new one, Peace of
Mind guides children to continually deepen their ability to practice all
that they are learning, year after year. We have found after over nearly a
decade of teaching the curriculum that our young students enjoy hearing
familiar stories, and appreciate the calming, re-setting time Peace Class
offers. We also find that many have forgotten what they learned over the
summer, so reviewing is helpful. Which is all to say, our students usually don¹t mind the repetition of lessons.
That said, a few ideas for you:
For your early Kindergarten classes, you might consider incorporating the
lesson extensions offered for most weeks and also the optional storybooks
into the curriculum this year. You¹ll find the list of books in the
front of the curriculum.
For your second graders, you might like to incorporate reflective writing
and drawing into each lesson this year. Writing or drawing about their
experiences in practicing mindfulness, kindness and gratitude can be a
powerful means of helping them to internalize what they are learning.
We have created a Peace of Mind Student Journal that could help you
students do this (see attached flyer), or you could make your own.
For both grade levels, if there are storybooks you love that correlate
with the lessons you are teaching, feel free to use them and develop your
own set of questions, following the format offered in the lesson.