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Mindfulness is one of the most important things we can teach students.
Mindfulness is undoubtedly one of the most essential components of education today. However, the reality is that, as teachers, many of us already grapple with fitting in all the other curriculum components into the day, and social-emotional learning can often take a back seat.
I’ve witnessed a positive change in my students by dedicating just 5 minutes a day to social-emotional learning in my classroom.
Here are a few benefits of incorporating social-emotional learning into the classroom:
Emotional Regulation: Helping students understand and manage their emotions fosters improved behavior and reduces stress.
Improved Concentration and Focus: Exercises that enhance attention help students stay focused during lessons and academic activities.
Stress Reduction: Techniques providing tools for stress reduction offer a sense of calm and resilience in the face of challenges.
Enhanced Social Skills: Encouraging empathy and compassion fosters better social interactions, improved communication, and increased understanding of others’ perspectives.
Increased Self-Awareness: Activities that help children become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations lay the foundation for a strong sense of identity.
Positive Impact on Learning: Creating a positive learning environment contributes to increased receptiveness to learning and improved academic skills.
Behavioral Improvements: Promoting patience, impulse control, and thoughtful decision-making contributes to a positive classroom culture and improved behavior.
Long-term Well-being: Providing tools for lifelong mental health and overall well-being is essential.
Coping with Challenges: Teaching strategies to cope with difficult situations empowers students to navigate the ups and downs of life.
Parental Involvement: Extending practices beyond the classroom, with teachers encouraging parents to engage in activities with their children, ensures a consistent approach to well-being.
You don’t need an entire curriculum to start. You can incorporate SEL by using a set of mindfulness posters in your classroom.
Here are 10 practical activities that you can do with just a set of mindfulness posters. Get ready to dive in and discover how to make the most of these posters in your classroom!
1. Poster of the Week Classroom Discussions
Choose a mindfulness poster each week and designate it as the “Quote of the Week.” Display the poster prominently in the classroom for the week, allowing easy reference.
Utilize transition times, such as after recess or before a read-aloud, as well as during dedicated Social Emotional Learning minutes, to have students share their interpretations, thoughts, or personal experiences related to the poster quote.
Consider initiating the week with a brief mini-lesson or a role-play activity, followed by a discussion to delve deeper into the theme.
The discussion can take various forms, accommodating different learning styles and preferences.
2. Add a poster to your morning meeting slides to lead a class discussion.
You can also upload a digital copy of the poster directly onto your morning meeting slide. Students can contemplate the posters, write a journal entry, or discuss them with a partner as they check in and set up for the day.
If you follow the Morning Meeting routine, incorporate this into your slides presentation for the question segment of the activity.
While questions like “Would you rather be at the beach or in the snow” can be entertaining, consider adding more substance to your questions when possible. Create opportunities for genuine conversations in your classroom! You’ll likely hear from parents that students are taking these topics home to discuss as well.
3. Create a hallway bulletin board to reach more students, staff, and parents at your school.
Besides hanging your posters in various locations around the room, create a dedicated mindfulness bulletin board to showcase them, even in the hallway!
Arrange the posters in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and periodically update the board with new messages, quotes, or student work related to mindfulness.
This dynamic display will capture the attention of students, staff, and parents, serving as a focal point for discussions and activities centered around fostering mindfulness.
You can even have students choose a different mindfulness quote and create their own poster to add to the bulletin board using this template.
Students can present their posters to the class, explaining why they chose them and what they mean, or they can add a tag underneath with the relevant information.
Celebrate students showing Mindfulness!
Recognizing students and having them share the changes they’ve noticed in their mindset will only encourage more of it.
Here are three ideas for celebrating student success:
Mindfulness Wall of Fame: Create a dedicated bulletin board or wall space in the classroom called the “Mindfulness Wall of Fame.” Display student photos and descriptions of the behavior they’ve shown or the challenges they’ve overcome that align with the mindfulness posters.
Students Recognizing Peers: Invite students to acknowledge their peers for demonstrating mindfulness. Provide a template for students to fill out or let them create their own cards to present to their classmates or hang near one of the posters.
Mindfulness Chronicles: Develop a collection of student stories that showcase their mindfulness experiences and successes. Compile these stories in a digital or physical format, such as a collaborative Google Slides presentation or a class book. You could even interview students and include their videos in the Google Slides!
4. Create a mindfulness corner or calm-down area in your classroom.
What's a calm-down corner?
A calm-down corner is a designated, intentionally designed space in your classroom to help students manage their emotions and self-regulate.
This area is usually stocked with sensory tools, soft furnishings, and other comforting elements to create a safe and soothing retreat.
The purpose of a calm-down corner is to offer individuals a private space where they can take a break, practice mindfulness, or engage in calming activities when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or upset.
It’s a supportive, nurturing environment for students to regain composure and rejoin their activities with a clearer mindset.
Mindfulness Posters in your Calm Down Corner
Adding mindfulness posters to your calm-down corner is a great way to provide visual cues for students to reflect on during their visits. These posters can support students in regulating their emotions.
You can also set out paper and art supplies, allowing students to create their own mindfulness posters based on their feelings. They can use one of the quotes already included in the poster set and create artwork to accompany it, or they can design entirely different posters.
Students can take the posters home or hang them up in the calm-down corner for other students who visit.
5. Use a poster for a writing prompt, art or journaling center, or for SEL stations
Utilizing your mindfulness posters for a creative or reflective writing experience is a great way to encourage students to think deeply about the quotes. Writing prompts can be incorporated into morning work, literacy centers, after-recess calm-down activities, or as a conclusion to the day.
Encourage students to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences related to the quote, fostering imagination, self-expression, and honing writing skills.
Display one or two quote posters and provide students with a choice of writing prompts.
Here are some examples of writing prompts:
Giving students a mindfulness journal for the month or year is a fantastic way for them to document their mindfulness journey throughout the year and have something to look back on after it’s over.
Each time a new poster or quote is introduced, students can write down their personal reflections, connections to their own lives, or how the quote inspires them.
They can also write about how they have applied these mindfulness principles in their academic or personal lives, track their progress, and set goals for further growth.
Encourage students to revisit their journals periodically, reflecting on their growth and changes in perspective over time.
This is a wonderful practice that nurtures self-awareness and introspection!
Make it a video reflection!
Students can also create short video reflections inspired by the mindfulness posters! They can use their laptops (or phones if you have older students) to record themselves discussing their understanding of mindfulness, sharing personal stories of times they noticed they were or weren’t practicing it. Add the videos throughout the year to a Google Slides presentation.
This is an awesome thing to look back at and share during your end-of-the-year celebrations with parents.
6. Incorporate a poster into your work time agenda slides.
Another way to use mindfulness posters digitally is to add them to your Daily Agenda Subject Slides.
Add the poster or quote of the week to your work time slides or be specific. For example, remind students to listen mindfully when they’re working with their partners using the mindful listening poster.
During a test, display “Be Kind to Your Mind” to encourage students not to get frustrated if they’ve forgotten something or are struggling with a question.
7. Give individual students a mini-poster for the desk. You choose or they choose what they need.
This is one of my favorites. You can resize these mindfulness posters and tape mini-copies to your students’ desks.
This is ideal for students who are trying extra hard to practice mindfulness and regulate their emotions.
Let students pick the poster they think they need, or print out the one you want them to work on, having a conversation about it beforehand.
These cute designs will also be a welcome addition to their desks.
If you don’t want any students to feel left out, give them all an opportunity to have one taped to their desks!
8. Frame or hang anywhere in your classroom as part of your classroom décor.
These posters are colorful and fun and will look great anywhere in your classroom.
If you have the opportunity, I love buying frames at the Dollar Tree and sticking them in there. It really adds a nice touch and helps to make the classroom feel like a home.
Tape them to your door, by the water fountain, whiteboard, anywhere students will see them throughout the day to give them those gentle reminders.
You can also pair them with Growth Mindset posters if you want to really have a mindful classroom!
I love quote posters in all shapes and sizes, sometimes putting them into circles and other times making them small for a 4×6 frame on our bookshelves.
These simple posters help to make your classroom calm, supportive, and welcoming each day students arrive.
9. Pair your posters with collaborative Jamboard activities
Using Google Jamboard templates to facilitate conversations around your growth mindset posters is a great way to extend the discussion.
Pose your own question on a Jamboard or use these ready-to-go templates, and observe as it fills up with student responses. Students can respond in real-time, or you can collect their contributions throughout the week and review the Jamboard on Friday.
Jamboard is an effective tool to ensure all your students participate in the conversation, not just the most vocal ones. It enables you to quickly hear from everyone and encourages more reserved students to share their opinions.
10. Post in your Google Classroom at the start of a new week or month.
We all need reminders to be more mindful and you don’t need to take any special class time for this one.
Incorporate mindfulness posters of the week or month right into your Google Classroom.
You can post a digital image of it on your feed so students see it when they log into Google Classroom.
You can ask a question along with it for students to respond, or just have it there as a gentle reminder.
The more students see these reminders and the more mindfulness is talked about, the more likely they are to have it in their heads when tough situations arise.
You can also pair your posters with these Google Classroom and Google Form headers featuring growth mindset quotes!
Inspired to start incorporating mindfulness?
I hope this list has inspired you to utilize mindfulness posters in your classroom for much more than decoration.
Adding in just 5 minutes a day of social-emotional learning can have huge benefits for your students, and you can do it through a simple set of designed posters!
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