Learning Goal

Students will understand the principles of mindfulness and experience several mindfulness activities.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Describe mindfulness
  • Create and identify ground rules for mindfulness and SEL in the classroom
  • Practice new mindfulness techniques
  • Understand the Empowering Education and social and emotional learning time block (as appropriate to your school setting)

Learning Summary

This first lesson introduces mindfulness and lays a foundation for the rest of the school year for your classroom’s mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL) time.

In this introductory lesson, students learn what mindfulness is through a class discussion and a mindfulness practice. You will lead the students in one or more brief mindfulness activities. Students discuss how mindfulness makes them feel and how they see it fitting into their lives and school. Finally, students end by writing and drawing in their journals to reflect on the activity.

As with all of our lessons, we encourage you to modify it to meet the needs of you and your students. You’ll see various options listed below to help you do that.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.