“All of this yoga stuff- my students will never take it seriously.” Does this sound like a self-doubt you have faced when considering implementing Mindful Movement? As we begin the journey of teaching body work infused with social emotional learning, ensuring buy-in can seem like a daunting task. There is a fear that students won’t […]
About Stephanie Kennelly
Hello! My name is Stephanie Kennelly and I am a third grade teacher in West Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am beginning the journey of implementing the Move Mindfully curriculum in my instruction. Join me at my weekly blog to learn more!
Entries by Stephanie Kennelly
The day after Labor Day. For so many children and families, this Tuesday brings a flurry of new beginnings. New clothes and haircut, new routines and friends, new joys and anxieties. As September unfolds, it is important to remember the incredible amount of new information that has to be integrated. We know, from brain and […]
These days, it feels like we could all use some emotional support. Back breathing is the perfect partner pose to help foster empathy and compassion for others. To introduce back breathing, it is important to first feel it on your own. Start in child’s pose, resting hands on stacked fists. Practice breathing into the […]
Are you thinking of fun ways to build community in your classroom? Trust Walk is a quick and easy Morning Meeting essential! Students begin by choosing a partner. One partner will be the leader and the other, the follower. The follower closes his eyes and presents an index finger. The leader then leads the follower, […]
Are you looking for a fun, movement based activity? Yoga Bingo is a great game for morning meeting, guest teachers or Fun Friday. Our Yoga Bingo cards offer an easy way to get everyone involved practicing yoga poses. There is a lot to think about when teaching yoga poses and sometimes it can be intimidating […]
Social emotional education can help our boys navigate through life’s challenges and joys in a way that fully engages heart, mind and body. The stereotype of who can “do yoga” is drastically changing. From NFL players sweating it out during hot yoga to professional bodybuilders adding yoga into their routine, the physical benefits of yoga are […]
We will be posting our blog twice a month and would love to hear what you are doing in relation to mindfulness and movement with youth. We would love to have you collaborate on the 1000-Petals Blog. Please fill out the following form with your idea to share. You can fill out multiple forms if you have […]
I challenge you to stand in your power and connect to your inner strength. You are the intervention. “Teaching is not what it used to be,” says a 40-year veteran teacher at my building. I’ve been around for 10 years, but I can agree, things have changed a lot in the past decade. It’s hard to articulate exactly […]
In India, people use the sanskrit word, Namaste, as a greeting. It has a few translations, but a common one is “the teacher in me, honors the teacher in you.” As a classroom teacher, I appreciate this. My core value as an educator centers on the idea that students and teachers are on a journey […]
I look at the calendar in disbelief. It is June! As I try to wrap up the school year, I think back to all of the words I have written describing the impact of Yoga Calm on my students. This week, I turned the tables and asked my students to write. I asked, “what have […]
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