Mindful Classroom Culture

June 10, 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Part of the Excellence in Teaching Series; $125 per workshop or $325 for all three workshops.

Session Leaders: Doug Parsons, Melissa Ruggiero, Lisa Herbster, Allison Schultz (The Episcopal Academy)

Creating a classroom culture is one of the most important jobs we have as teachers. In order to be successful, teachers must intentionally build rules and relationships.

In this workshop, teachers will explore, define and reflect on their role in the classroom and how they can create a culture of calm purpose. The day will offer learning opportunities in the morning around SEL, establishing and reinforcing clear and consistent routines, rituals that build community, and mindfulness as it applies to teachers and students. The afternoon will offer a chance to reflect and plan for the school year ahead in grade level or departmental teams.

Teachers will experience mindfulness practices, bringing a sense of purpose, clarity and focus both to yourself and your students to help implement positive discipline strategies. The end goal of the day will be a strong plan for the opening of the school year.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the theory and research behind implementing SEL practices in the classroom.
  • Experience mindfulness practices, bringing a sense of purpose, clarity and focus both to yourself and your students to help implement positive discipline strategies.
  • Understand the value and efficiency of establishing and reinforcing clear and consistent routines.
  • Discuss and unpack rituals and their place in building classroom community.
  • Receive guidance from session leaders to craft a classroom management plan that incorporates their learning.

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