Wynne Kinder and Christen Coscia
Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Reluctance to participate and resistance to engage are student behaviors that are constant challenges faced by teachers as we work to support diverse learners.
We have brought our Wellness Works in Schools program into public school classrooms (special education, preK-12) for more than 15 years. With our objectives being: executive function skills, learning readiness, emotional balance and resilience, our instructional strategies have needed to expand, evolve and adapt along the way.
In response to the wide-ranging experiences and needs of our students, we have developed mindful teaching approaches for enhancing engagement, building relationships, setting boundaries, guiding behavior and meeting students where they are.
Encouraging and practicing mindful awareness, choice, play, rhythm, movement and rest have proved to be effective tools, especially with diverse learners who are also impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACE) like prolonged stress, poverty and trauma.
Workshop participants will:
- Explore approaches and activities useful with diverse ages & needs,
- Examine and practice strategies relevant to their own self-care as well as their own work,
- Create and test drive ideas for classroom (or 1 on 1) support of their students.