About Mindful Primary Schools

 

What is Mindful Primary Schools?

 

Mindful Primary Schools provides high-quality professional learning in the area of mindfulness, for teachers, relief teachers, education assistants, deputy principals, principals and other educators that work with primary school-aged children from Pre-Primary to Year 6.

Why Teach Mindfulness in Primary Schools?

The research shows that mindfulness in primary school classrooms:

  • improves attention

  • reduces behavioural issues in class

  • reduces anxiety and depression

What Makes Mindful Primary Schools Different?

WA CURRICULUM-LINKED

Mindful Primary Schools is based in Perth, Western Australia, so our Pre-Primary to Year 6 Lesson Books / E-Books (which are complimentary at the workshops) are linked to the WA Curriculum. And if the WA Curriculum changes, we'll update our resources, which you'll be able to download at no extra charge.

INSTEAD OF PRESSING PLAY, YOU LEAD THE WAY

Sure, you could press play on an app or video to teach your students mindfulness. But there's a more effective way. As Jon Kabat Zin (a pioneer in modern mindfulness) says, "the first principle.... of teaching mindfulness is - are you LIVING it?". So Mindful Primary Schools teaches you not only how to teach mindfulness lessons, but also how to incorporate it into the classroom and into your own life. That way you lead by example, and by being authentically mindful, others around you will naturally want to follow your lead.

NATURE-INSPIRED LESSONS YOU CAN TEACH INSIDE OR OUTSIDE

 

Mindful Primary Schools mindfulness lessons are inspired by nature, but can generally be taught either outside or inside. They usually require no (or very minimal) additional resources, which means you can easily teach it anywhere. You don't need an IWB/Screen. You don't need speakers and music (although you can put music on if you like). Mindful Primary Schools provide you with lesson plans (in books and e-books), so all you need to do is keep these handy.

A HUGE RANGE OF RESOURCES - FREE WITH YOUR PL WORKSHOP

Participants of the Mindful Primary Teacher PL Workshop will gain access to all of our resources. This includes a Mindfulness Lesson Book (of the year level of your choice) and Lesson E-Books (of all years PP - Y6), all with 20+ lessons per year level. There are also other great digital resources, such as printable posters, available for workshop participants.

Michael Batskos - Mindful Primary Schools Presenter

 
Michael Batskos is a primary school teacher, yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator that lives in Perth, Western Australia. His personal experience with mindfulness began in 2005 when he experienced anxiety and panic attacks. Michael was introduced to mindfulness by a psychologist later that year. After incorporating mindfulness into his life, Michael soon realised that he felt significantly more calm and relaxed, and as a result, he was hooked! He later completed his yoga teacher training, undertook a research project on mindfulness in primary schools at university, became a certified mindfulness facilitator, deepened his own personal practice and incorporated mindfulness into his classrooms. After several years of teaching yoga and mindfulness, Michael started Mindful Primary Schools to help make a difference in the lives of children, and share his love of mindfulness with other primary school teachers and educators.
Want to learn more?
Check out the Mindful Primary Teacher PL Workshop.
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