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Welcome! Mindful Teachers is an international online community of educators and helping professionals committed to mindfulness and compassion. 

This site is run by Catharine Hannay. (You can learn more about me at my author site, I curate content from a wide range of sources, including interviews and activities from experts on teaching mindfulness to adults and kids.

Here are a few posts that might be particularly useful right now, while schools are closed and so many of us are under 'stay at home' or 'shelter in place' orders:

Begin with this post if you're planning to start a K-12 mindfulness program:

5 Tips for Successfully Implementing a Mindfulness Program at Your School, by Keith Horan, MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Here are a few posts to start with if you are new to practicing or teaching mindfulness, or if you're looking for basic information to share with your students:
    A Very Brief Introduction to Mindfulness

    A Very Brief Introduction to Mindfulness Research 

    A Very Brief Introduction to the Brain

    Count the Ways to Count the Breath

    These posts have a lot of suggestions for  teaching mindfulness:

    Here are some basic guidelines if you're new to teaching mindfulness:
    • I've been asked several times "What training do I need to become a mindful teacher?" There's a distinction between a 'mindful teacher' (one who practices mindfulness) and a 'mindfulness teacher' (one who teaches mindfulness).
    • Please establish your own personal practice before teaching meditation or formal mindfulness practices to adults or children.  
    • Please don't push anyone beyond their comfort level, for example if they don't want to close their eyes during meditation or prefer not to share personal information with the group. (See A Very Brief Introduction to Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Teaching
    • The interviews with experienced mindfulness teachers and teacher trainers give a lot of suggestions for teaching different ages of students in different contexts around the world.

    The Activities page has resources for practicing and teaching mindfulness and meditation, kindness and compassion, generosity and gratitude, social responsibility and social-emotional skills.

    The Recommended Books page has suggested resources to help put the activities in context and help you deepen your own practice as well as teach more effectively.

    The Self-Care Page has resources on mind-body health,  self-compassion, and coping with stress and burnout.

    ThBenefits of Mindfulness page has information about how mindfulness benefits kids and adults, and on what the current research can and can't tell us about the mind and the brain.

    The Mindfulness Organizations page has links to online and in-person training in practicing and teaching mindfulness.

    Start with these posts if you’re interested in starting a personal mindfulness practice:

    Start with these posts if you're interested in integrating mindfulness with academic content: 

    Start with these posts if you're interested in trauma-informed teaching: