Spring 2019: Teaching Mindfulness in School — EDIS 5013 (Online Course)



Spring 2019: Teaching Mindfulness in School — EDIS 5013 (Online Course)


January 14, 2019 to April 30, 2019


Online Course

*This is a web-based course.

This course is designed to apply cutting edge science to the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness in schools. Teaching mindfulness is different than most of the content areas we teach because it requires the scaffolding of the teacher’s mindfulness. Teachers need to engage students in the practices by modeling their own deep engagement. As preparation, you will learn how to develop your own mindfulness practice which you will continue throughout the duration of the course. Reviewing the latest research, you will learn effective strategies for teaching mindfulness to children and teens. You will learn how these practices can support social and emotional learning and promote prosocial behavior, boosting your students’ ability to calm down and pay attention so they can focus on academic learning. Drawing from developmental science, the course will examine how to determine what practices are developmentally and culturally appropriate for students pre-K-12. You will become familiar with a variety of mindfulness practices and programs that have been used successfully in schools. Applying instructional design questions, you will design a series of lessons that are developmentally appropriate for your students. In this way, Teaching Mindfulness in Schools will prepare you to use the skills learned in this course to introduce mindful awareness practices to your students in a way that is developmentally and culturally appropriate and enhances student learning.

Enrollment Requirement: Students in the Graduate Education Program or the Non-Graduate Education Program

Please visit this Mindfulness in Education page on the Curry school website for details. 

* 3 credits

Instructor: Tish Jennings