The choices you make and the actions you take now will shape the year ahead, for better or for worse. No pressure, right? Luckily, setting the tone for a positive, calm and more focused classroom doesn’t have to be hard.
Educator Kristy Herrmann created a lasting mindfulness practice in her classroom by using Mind Yeti for just a few minutes each day. Check it out:
It’s easy to get up and running with Mind Yeti this fall. Just follow these steps:
Step 1: Try Mind Yeti on your ownThe first few days before students come back to school are a great time to find a quiet moment to test drive Mind Yeti. You’ll get a sense for how best to model mindfulness and guide your students, and boost your own sense of calm and focus at the same time.
To get started, create a free account, then click “play” on one of our introductory sessions and follow along. Each session is just 3-5 minutes long. Practice getting into your Yeti Body and focusing on your breath. Pick one or two sessions you want to share with students during the first few days and weeks of school. You can bookmark these to return to later. Reflect on how you might introduce and debrief your Mind Yeti sessions, putting your own spin on it.
Step 2. Identify potential mindful moments in your school dayAs you plan your first few days and weeks of school, consider: when do you anticipate your students having the most trouble calming down and focusing? Perhaps your students struggle first thing in the morning, as class is settling in. Maybe it’s after lunch or P.E., when kids need help transitioning back to learning. Or maybe it’s at the end of the day, as you’re saying goodbye and winding down. There arelots of times that might make for good mindfulness breaks; pick one or two and plan to use Mind Yeti to flip the script on these problematic moments, making them work for you.
Step 3. Set the stageAs you’re setting up your classroom, ask yourself: where will we practice with Mind Yeti? Mind Yeti can be done anywhere, anytime, but sometimes physically moving into a new space in the room can signal to kids that it’s time to change their minds as well. Perhaps you can gather your students in a circle on a carpet, or maybe you can ask them to move their chairs into a circle. Maybe it’s easiest just to have students find their Yeti Bodies at their desks. Whatever space you select, make it easy to get into and out of. Set up a pair of speakers if you have them, and connect your mobile device or computer to them. Get a comfy seat for yourself, so you can model and practice along with your class as you guide them. Dim the lights. Do what you can to create a comfortable and calm oasis for practicing mindfulness, and make sure it’s a space you can maintain throughout the year.
Step 4. Get inspiredTeachers all over the world are using Mind Yeti to ease transitions and settle the hubbub. Joining our community of YetiGuides is easy. You can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. And as you get started with mindfulness, share your stories, pictures and experiences by using #YetiGuide and tagging us (@MindYeti) in your post. Your successes and challenges will inspire others!
Step 5. Find an accountability buddyGetting started with mindfulness is easy, but sticking with it as the year goes on can be challenging. You’re more likely to be successful if you connect with someone else who’s willing to cheer you on and hold you accountable. Why not ask a colleague, co-worker or critical friend to join you in trying mindfulness this school year? Below is an invite you can copy and paste into a text, email or social media post. Alternatively, you can connect with other YetiGuides from around the globe via social media. Just search for #YetiGuide to see who else is out there.
Find a buddy! Copy and paste the below, or create your own post on social media:I’m trying @MindYeti this school year to set my class up for success. Will you join me? http://mindyeti.com #YetiGuide