By Katie Morois
School Counselor, Pelican Elementary
Classrooms at Pelican Elementary are taking time to breathe and clear their minds using mindful breathing exercises. Staff members were introduced to mindfulness during an in-service, and many teachers took what they learned and applied it to their classrooms. Mindfulness has many benefits, including improving awareness and clearing the mind to create deeper focus.
Each classroom teacher was given a Hoberman Sphere to show students how to breathe in and out following the sphere. When the sphere opens up, their breath goes in. As the sphere closes, the breath comes out. Some teachers are using GoNoodle, an online site that walks students through an interactive mindfulness exercise. Staff are excited to incorporate mindfulness into their daily practice, and use another tool to increase student performance.