Entries by Stephanie Kennelly

Warrior II

We don’t want to be stuck in the past, or too far into the future. Stay balanced in the present moment. As we move into a New Year, many of us are working on resolutions. Reflecting on the past and setting goals for the future is important for personal growth. These skills can be taught […]

Star

If you’re going to rise, you might as well shine! I love the word “shine”.  I think about people fired up internally and how that manifests itself on the physical body. You can actually feel it if someone is shining. To teach students how to shine, we use star. First, it teaches students how to […]

Centering Routine

How can we help students get ready to learn? Are you teaching “small groups”? Rotating through reading stations, math stations, Daily 5, Daily 3, CAFE, conferring… Woosh, is your head spinning yet? I wonder how the students feel! This trend of small, skill based, differentiated groupings, may be a good thing for academic goals, but […]

Calming Routine

In a world that never seems to stop moving, we all need a place to get grounded. What does this look like in the real world? Recently on a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, I visited an entire room devoted for staff and patient mindfulness. In my classroom, we have the be station. […]

The Chime

Today, choose joy. Breath work allows us to set an intention and align our body and mind. Although we bring Move Mindfully® into schools and therapeutic settings, the work truly begins with us in our own homes. Often times evenings can feel rushed, shuffling kids from one activity to the next. Mealtime is the perfect opportunity to […]

Tree Circle

Strong community is the foundation for social emotional learning. We are not islands. As human beings, we need each other to achieve our greater purpose. Creating an environment of community in and outside of school, is one of the most important things adults can give to children. Community Circle and Tree Circle from the Yoga […]

Pinwheel Breath

What do you do when a student is stuck in a feeling of anxiety or anger? The best thing you can do in this situation, is provide a strategy to regulate breathing and oxygenate the body. I always like to introduce pinwheel breath early in the school year. The pinwheel serves as a incentivizing tool. Watching the […]

A Boy and a Bear and Leadership

“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 […]

Tree

Autumn’s Beauty. The streets are lined with a parade of color. Many times over the past few weeks I have stopped in my tracks to admire the beautiful fall colors. I find an even deeper appreciation for nature’s beauty when finding the balance, tree. This week I challenge you to get outside with your students […]

Pulse Count

Do you have students fighting the calming breaths? Sometimes, allowing yourself to be calm can be kind of scary. I have found that resistant students respond best to Pulse Count. Find the cuing language on the Pulse Count card from our Move Mindfully® Card Deck.  You’ve probably heard the old adage, “count to ten” when you […]