Program Data and Feedback

In-Classroom Program Survey Summaries 

Sept 2017- June 2019

Of 597 teachers and staff surveyed (from six Milwaukee area school districts) regarding their In-Classroom Mindfulness lessons, Reset has summarized the following responses:

Additionally individuals shared:

  • The person who presented the lesson modified and adapted the lesson to meet the needs of our diverse students. She was enthusiastic and loved her job.
  • Our instructor was an outstanding facilitator of Reset-Mindfulness. She modeled each technique enthusiastically and respectfully encouraged those that chose not to participate. It can be difficult to teach middle school students mindfulness (actually anything for that matter) if you do not have an established relationship with the kids.
  • Both coaches are highly adaptive, knowledgeable, and have the optimal demeanor to deliver the lessons.
  • I absolutely love mindfulness training with my students! Our instructor is great with the kids and so knowledgeable. My students have really been responding well to the weekly training classes and begun to implement the strategies taught throughout the day.
  • Staff and students were excited to the mindfulness meeting. In fact, we miss having the weekly lesson.

Additionally individuals shared: 

  • Although she’s never worked with our students before, they were quick to attempt the strategies she taught because of her warm, accepting, and relaxed disposition. However, her greatest accomplishment was dealing with the numerous rescheduling requests that we made- and we made numerous requests WEEKLY. She never made me feel guilty about making all of the requests because, in her words, “I was a classroom teacher. I completely understand that the only constant in this profession is change.” She was delightful to collaborate with and I certainly hope we’re able to work together again.
  • Enjoyed the consistency of having a weekly session where students could practice the skills and strategies taught.
  • Teachers have shared positive feedback related to their experiences in working with Reset MindBody. They continue to use the practices that they learned throughout the school days and they observe their students using the practices independently as well.

“I really enjoy the mindfulness activities and having mentors throughout the building to help students cope with issues. I think as we continue with FIDELITY our school will be one of many leaders across Milwaukee in the mindfulness movement. I also like how the strategies focuses on student focus.” – 2nd Grade Teacher

Additionally individuals shared:

  • Our instructor was skilled at keeping students’ attention during mindfulness training. She handled challenging students with grace and integrity. I highly recommend this programming!
  • Our instructor has a calming energy and my students look forward to the days that she is with us. We will miss her greatly. Every school should implement this program to benefit the minds of staff/students in our world of chaos.
  • Incorporating Reset MindBody at cool down and transition times has been resourceful for everyone in the classroom to alleviate stress, tensions, and anxieties. It has also been successful in helping the classroom focus on tasks and to have a mindful approach toward good decision making.
  • I believe in Mindfulness, and believe the kids needed every day. Help the kids and also the teachers with the behavior in the classroom.

Additionally individuals shared:

  • I loved the positive energy brought by our mindfulness instructor. Always kind, patient, and truly embodied a mindful mindset.
  • My class looked forward to their mindfulness time each week. They really took it seriously and used the strategies taught during our day-to-day operations in the classroom. During a code red drill, I saw many of my K5s using flower breaths to calm themselves down.
  • Students were gaining confidence in attempting strategies in front of peers. Instructor was able to build relationships and establish an atmosphere of respect with middle school students. Excellent job!
  • Students responded well. Students are able to continuously use breathing techniques when frustrated or starting to get nervous feelings. My class enjoyed the bell chime.
  • I have found these strategies to benefit the majority of my class. There are many times throughout the day that we will pause and try a breathing exercise to help refocus.
  • My class really enjoyed learning the techniques they learned during our mindfulness journey. Some said that they will use the strategies as they continue on to high school.

Additionally individuals shared:

  • The mindfulness reset lessons helped establish what mindfulness is and why it is important. When I use the term mindfulness, students understand what I mean and can engage in mindful activities/moments.
  • I like how we can all practice together what we have learned!
  • I am a 5th grade teacher and used mindfulness techniques with my students before we started the program. My students really enjoyed having someone else come in and work with the techniques and they enjoy the chime.

Additionally individuals shared:

  • Yes, in fact I have incorporated them into my daily life on a regular basis.
  • I used one of the strategies at home last night.
  • Most mindful strategies do not work for me. Only the loving kindness strategy “spoke” to me.

Additionally individuals shared:

  • Many of the “tools” are useful for early childhood.
  • Calming, appropriate, time was perfect. She redirected kids really well, as they get silly she is thoughtful with her communication and talk
  • The lessons that I learned personally were very good.
  • Students are more aware of how the breath is a connection to becoming calm.
  • I have been through the training myself, and I believe these sessions have a great deal of value, especially considering how many of my students are battling their emotions and thoughts on a daily basis.
  •  I have been through the training myself, so I already knew how valuable it could be for our students to give them help governing their minds and emotions.
  • Insightful and learned strategies to help

Additionally individuals shared:

  • I struggle with finding time to “slow down” and take a mindful minute when trying to complete all of the required curriculum. It would be great to have mindfulness factored into the school day.
  • We try to use one technique each day as needed
  • We try to do mindfulness as often as possible. It depends on my students and their behavior
  • I certainly try to incorporate mindful moments into my lesson plans, but I am not able to do so on a daily basis.
  • I aim to do mindfulness lessons about 3 times a week. My schedule is already very tight.
  • We do this a couple times a week as a group, individual students do this throughout the day, as needed.

Student Referral Data

When working within MPS contracted schools, Reset is provided with referral data to compare student referral rates during months where students receive mindfulness programs to those of the previous year where no mindfulness practices were in place. School feedback and data confirm that continued mindfulness instruction and practice contribute to lower student referral rates and more self-regulated students who show signs of compassion and self confidence, and overarching support of School Improvement Plans. The Monthly Student Referrals graph shows the average number of student referrals of all MPS schools participating in Reset mindfulness programs during the listed term dates.

“Incorporating Reset MindBody at cool down and transition times has been resourceful for everyone in the classroom to alleviate stress, tensions, and anxieties. It has also been successful in helping the classroom focus on tasks and to have a mindful approach toward good decision making.” – Elm Creative Arts Teacher

“I absolutely love mindfulness training with my students! Miss Amy is great with the kids and so knowledgeable. My students have really been responding well to the weekly training classes and begun to implement the strategies taught throughout the day.” – MACL Teacher

Mentoring for Mindful Champions Program

During the 2018-19 school year, Reset implemented a Mentoring for Mindful Champions (MMC) program wherein a Reset Instructor returned to schools who had previously received In-Classroom programming to work with student mentors and adult mindful champions on developing sustaining mindfulness practices that supported their school SIP. Twenty-one schools participated in the inaugural MMC program and Reset was able to collect anonymous feedback from forty mindful champions on their experience. Below is a summary of their responses.