Mindfulness in Our Schools

Mindfulness in Our Schools
Posted on 11/15/2016
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The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is providing Mindfulness training for all staff and students through funding by the School Climate Transformation Grant. Staff training will be complete throughout the district by the end of the 2018-2019 school year. West Milwaukee Intermediate School and Shared Journeys were the first to be trained and implementing Mindfulness. All students in 4K-12th grade continue to receive lessons in Mindfulness through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) classes. 

What is Mindfulness?

Paying attention to what is happening in the present moment.

Why be Mindful?

*Improves mental health
      Lowers stress and anxiety
      Improves sleep
      Reduces reactivity
*Improves physical health
      Decreases depression
      Lowers blood pressure
      Increases positivity
*Improves relationships
      Improves ability to focus
      Improves immune system
      Increases compassion

How Can I Be Mindful?

  1. Provide Self-Care. When your own needs aren’t being met it is difficult to take care of others. Treat yourself with kindness.

  2. Take a minute to breathe. A few slow, deep breaths can reduce stress in your body and allow you to access the thinking part of your brain instead of the reacting part of your brain.

  3. Take small moments to focus using your senses. Really look at something, notice a sound, pay attention to a scent or savor something delicious.

  4. Notice the positive. We tend to focus on what’s negative. Start or end each day with a thought of something that you are grateful for.

Students participate in "Mindful Moments" with a breathing ball and chime.

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Students participate in "mindful practice" which incorporates yoga, check in's or "30 second vacations" throughout the day.

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