I qualified with the MISP Mindfulness in Schools project to teach the .b (pronounced dot-be) 10 week course for young people aged between 7-10 or 11-18 years of age.
It is delivered in a classroom or in small groups.
At the most simple level .b is an awareness based exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they think it might help.
For many pupils the course can quite quickly lead to very positive outcomes - they feel calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better; they have tools to deal with stress and anxiety.
The .b curriculum is a set of 10 lessons, each teaches a distinct mindfulness skill, and is designed to engage young minds. The lessons typically include images and animations which bring these skills to life and most importantly, practical exercises which teach the core skills and make them relevant to the pupils lives.
A typical mindful practice might be learning to sit still and watch the breath, be aware of different parts of the body, walk mindfully or become more aware of how the body feels under stress.
After each lesson the pupils are asked to do some ‘home practice’. Each ‘home practice’ has an animation which explains the skill they have learned in the lesson and leads into a guided practice.
Some of the benefits the students have experienced are:
- Helps to overcome difficulties and experience greater sense of well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled)
- Be more creative, more relaxed, academically
- Can improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention and listening to others
- To work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative, anxious thoughts and low moods
- To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems, family issues
Please get in touch if you would like to have the .b curriculum in your school. I would be happy to contact the school and discuss the possibilities of running a course.