“While we teach, we learn.” – Seneca
This philosophy can be used as the foundation to extend breathing techniques and mindfulness practices within your school.
Leaders at Assemblies
A great strategy for encouraging school wide implementation of Move Mindfully® is with student leaders. Assemblies offer the perfect opportunity to reach the entire student body. Try leading a “mindful moment” at an assembly. Simply start with having everyone follow along with Belly Breathing found in the Move Mindfully® Card Deck.
Feeling more adventurous? Add in some movement like our Calming Routine. It can be incredibly impactful to see an entire school community breath and move together.
If you are in a middle or high school setting that utilizes daily announcements, this can also serve as an opportunity to model some mindfulness practices. See an example here.
Leaders as Big Buddies
Another idea to bring this work school wide is to use “big buddies” as role models. A Boy and A Bear, a book from our store, introduces calming breaths to younger children.
Not only will you be addressing ELA standards with expression and fluency, but students will also have a self-esteem boost being in a leadership role. After reading, this book is a great tool to keep in your be. station!
Could your students teach others the benefit of breathing? Leave a comment!