with Michelle Benedict
How do I fit mindfulness instruction into an already overextended day? With standards to cover and assessments to take, asking teachers to incorporate mindfulness in their classrooms can feel like an additional task they don’t have time to complete. This interactive workshop will give you ideas for standards across all elementary disciplines to integrate mindfulness into what you already need to teach. You’ll leave ideas to get started right away!
The format of this presentation will be mostly speaker-driven, but will have an interactive component for teachers to share with other participants while we learn together.
Michelle Benedict is a mother, educator, child advocate, presenter, and practitioner of mindfulness. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Lindenwood University and is currently a 3rd Grade Teacher in an Hazelwood School District in St. Louis, Missouri. She has served many roles, from preschool teacher to special education teacher. She recently presented “Rise Above with Mindfulness” at the TEDx Lindenwood.
Michelle incorporates mindfulness and self-regulation into her classroom lessons and has seen significant positive behavioral shifts as a result of these practices. She advocates mindfulness for all, but believes in the larger need for trauma-informed responses in our society.
As a parent for more than half of her life, Michelle has raised her four children with a supportive and authoritative style that she is proud to share with others. Each summer, she takes her two youngest children on a month-long outdoor camping adventure to help her family reconnect with each other and nature. They have traveled across America, over mountains and across deserts working toward their goal of sleeping under the stars in all 50 states.
Michelle gives lectures and enrichment workshops for children and adults, aimed at fostering a more connected and mindful world.