- K4-8– 10 weeks, once per week, of in-classroom instruction for teachers and students taught by Reset instructors (15-20 minute modules)
- High School- 9 weeks of in-classroom instruction, once per week, taught by Reset instructors for a full class period
Our trauma informed, social emotional learning curriculum aligns with CASEL’s core competencies. We use scientifically researched based mindfulness tools that, when practiced repeatedly, can positively influence the brain and nervous system. Mindfulness in schools research shows growth in: attention and focus, emotional regulation, impulse control, and kindness and compassion toward oneself and others.
Importantly, after our program students report feeling safer in their classrooms and school in general.
The most sustainable models for change take time and effort; there are not “quick fixes”. When administration, staff, and faculty commit to practicing Reset tools with fidelity, they model and reflect the social and emotional changes they would like to see in the collective student body. While positive outcomes often are seen almost immediately, systemic change can take 3-5 years. Therefore, we recommend our best practices model for schools so that longitudinal data can be collected to examine change.
During the first in-classroom lesson, Reset instructors build a foundation with students by introducing them to tools focused on Self-Awareness. Learning how to “check-in” with themselves and get grounded in their body while paying attention to their immediate environment is a valuable first step in developing mindful self-awareness.
Weeks two through five build on Self-Awareness and introduce tools and techniques specifically related to the breath and body that are useful for Self -Regulation/Management. Students learn how to recognize their emotions and manage them using purposeful breathing tools and gentle movement.
After building the groundwork of Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation/Management, weeks six through eight specifically address developmentally appropriate content.
Lower elementary students focus on mindfulness through the 5 senses, sustaining and focusing attention through various techniques, and practice responding to situations rather than reacting to them.
Upper elementary and Middle school students delve deeply into thoughts, how stress affects them, and how to use mindfulness tools to be more responsive rather than reacting on autopilot.
These lessons focus on Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness and Resiliency. Students and Instructors discuss circumstances wherein mindfulness tools can be particularly valuable.
The Reset In-Classroom Program ends with lessons focused on kindness, compassion, generosity and gratitude. Highlighting the importance of having compassion for ourselves and others is key to developing empathy in students. Our hope is that students and teachers who complete this program develop a sustainable mindfulness practice that contributes to their emotional and physical well being that in turn transfers to their schools, and their community.
“Thank you! My classroom really needed this time together.” – Elementary School Teacher
“Of all the initiatives we have this year, Reset is the best. It’s really pragmatic and we can really see the change in the classroom.” -K4 Teacher