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5 Ways to Integrate Mindfulness in the Classroom

Beth Maloney on episode 160 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Teacher Beth Maloney helps students set goals for behavior and other techniques that improve Social Emotional Learning and student success. Learn 5 tips for integrating mindfulness into your classroom.

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5 ­­­­Ways to Integrate Mindfulness in the Classroom

Shownotes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e160
Friday, September 29, 2017

Vicki: So today we’re at NNSTOY, the National Network for State Teachers of the Year. You can check out their website at nnstoy.org, and we have Beth Maloney @DaringToTeach with us who was the Arizona 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Now Beth, one thing that’s important to you in your fifth grade classroom is mindfulness. And today you’re going to give us five ways to incorporate mindfulness into the classroom. So, what’s your first way?

#1 Teach Children Metacognitive Techniques

Beth: Well my first way is to teach children the power of their brains through metacognition, which of course is teaching children to think about how they’re thinking actually works. So the way I do that is to demonstrate that often in my classroom. When I’m doing a re-aloud I might tell my kids what my brain is thinking while I am reading something out loud to them, kind of demonstrating my flow of metacognition so that they can start to tune into their own brains.

I think that links to mindfulness because I feel like a lot of times our kids come in. We don’t know always what their home situations are like. We don’t know if they’ve just had a stressful situation with a sibling on the way to school. I found that there were barriers getting in the way of teaching academic content. Really using these mindful techniques kind of helps me break those barriers with the kids.

Metacognition is really the first strategy to do, to help them learn about how their own brain works, how their own thoughts flow and paying attention to those thoughts. That’s really the first step in teaching kids how to be more mindful in the classroom and in life in general.

Vicki: And it brings such power to the classroom, because if we say, “OK everybody,” and you step back and you say, “I’m thinking this. I’m seeing your body language, and I’m thinking this.” Then they’ll start doing it too, and it just kind of makes the conversation different, doesn’t it?”

Beth: It really does, and I think especially any middle school or high school teachers – we know that their brains are different when they’re in that stage of life. Their amygdalas are huge, they’re so regulated by their emotions at that point and time in their lives that I think it really behooves us as teachers to help them reflect on what that means to them and understand that this is a part of life. But you can reflect on your own thinking, reflect and be mindful of yourself and your thinking, and that’s a powerful tool to give to kids.

#2 Use Movement in the Classroom

Vicki: Fantastic. What’s our second?

Beth: The second tip is really bringing movement into the classroom. I’m a big believer in not a lot of sitting. We sit for more than ten minutes, and we start to have muscles — you know, our melatonin is pooling in our calves, wanting us to go to sleep.

So I’m a big believer in stretching breaks, deep breathing breaks, and yoga breaks. Some teachers might hear yoga and say, “OK, that is not for me.”

But something that any teacher can do is just have your kids sit in their chairs or on the floor, feet flat, backs against the chairs, and just have them put their hands on their bellies. Have them blow up their lungs like a balloon, and then let it collapse back in.

And just like even three deep breaths in and out will bring such a change to the climate of your classroom. It’s really an underutilized tool. My kids started to ask for, and you know it’s working when they ask for it in the classroom. I started with the deep belly breaths. We moved on to, you know, tree pose – something very easy, very light yoga, I call it.

But that really kind of stretching, breathing, small movements together really sets such a different tone for your classroom.

Vicki: And for teachers that have classes that change, I watch and see if the body language of my kids is stressed out. They call it – you know, I don’t call it yoga – they’ll say, “I want to do that breathing thing. I’m stressed out.” You know, and that’s great.

#3 Teach Children How to Be Mindful using Stop, Think and Breathe App

OK, what’s our third?

Beth: The third tip is… I instituted Mindful Mondays, starting last year. I use an app called “Stop, Think, and Breathe” which is a meditation app, but I really refer to it as just mindfulness. It asks the kids to stop what they’re doing, sit quietly, and it guides them through. I let the kids choose whichever one they feel like doing that day.

There are some for feeling joyful. There are some for feeling sad. They’re each kind of individual, and it’s a great free app. My kids started using it on their own devices and anecdotally informed me that it helped them go to sleep at night. It’s helped them be more mindful in their home life. They’ve shared it with their parents. And it’s free, and it’s also on the web too, so it’s very powerful tool.

#4 Teach Children to Make Goals for their Bodies and Minds

Vicki: Fantastic. OK, what’s our fourth?

Beth: Number four I would say is utilizing goal at least one of our goals in our classroom setting in your classroom. A lot of us use goal setting for academic goals, even for some social goals and things like that. I like to use at least one of our goals for how our kids are doing, mindfully. How are they doing on setting a tone for their bodies and their minds?

So that would be something that I’ll ask my kids to do at the beginning of the year. How do you connect your mind and your body? My kids will really reflect on that. By the end of the year, they hopefully have some real positive movements going forward as far as how their brains and bodies are connected.

Vicki: So what would be an example of a goal?

Beth: That’s a great question. I think one thing that I often see with my particular population of students is that they get really stressed out. This is not really what you would expect from ten and eleven-year-olds. But they do, they do get stressed out in their academic life, in their home life, in their social life.

So one particular goal might be not stressing out, not losing their temper with a sibling or parent or teacher. And I always like that one because you can see real growth come from that goal. And it could start out as, “I don’t want to lose my temper and get stressed out – for one solid day.” And then we’ll stretch that goal, you know, and then it’s “For a week I won’t get stressed and lose my temper.” And by the end of the year, we’ll see real growth with that and I really attribute mindfulness to that.

Vicki: That is such a great idea! I’m sitting here thinking, “We teach kids how to get pumped up. We teach them how to get revved up. We teach them how to get excited.” And we do all this stuff to get them up, up, up, up up – And when do we say…? (Deep breath.) “Here’s how you calm down.”

Beth: I used this with my own personal child, so I know that it works in the home life. (Laughs)

#5 Teach Children to Reflect

Vicki: (laughs) What’s our fifth?

Beth: Fifth I would say is teaching kids to reflect, to take time – quiet time is beneficial for all of us – but take time to reflect on where they are. How are they feeling internally, because we know that it often manifests externally in their relationship with others and in their relationship with their teachers.

So simply taking the time to sit quietly and reflect on, “How have I been doing on my goals? Am I succeeding in my goals? Do I need to walk my goals back a little bit?” But simply taking the time to reflect with kids and really teaching them what that looks like.

As a teacher, I had to learn how to reflect on my teaching, how to reflect on my mindfulness. I think there’s a lot of benefit in teaching students how to be reflective in their life.

Vicki: So quickly as we end, what are the benefits that teachers can expect when you integrate mindfulness into your classroom?

Beth: You know, anecdotally, I would tell you that the classroom climate is markedly different after I teach them these techniques. We’re much more peaceful. Our conversations can go deeper because they feel safer in our environment. I feel like we achieve our goals that much faster as a class because we’ve built this layer of trust in that we’re all achieving mindfulness. Not only them but me as well. That’s important.

Vicki: So teachers, you have five ways to incorporate mindfulness from Beth Maloney. These are some fantastic ideas. I’m really thinking about helping my students set goals that are different. Not just amp up goals, but settle down goals. It just makes so much sense, and I don’t know why I haven’t seen it before, but that’s what happens when we learn and build our PLN. Now Beth’s in mine, and she’s just an exciting person. I hope you’ll check the Show Notes and follow her in all of her spaces.

Get out there and take some time to be mindful today.

Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford

Bio as submitted


I am Beth Maloney, the 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year. I currently teach 5th grade in Surprise, Arizona. I am a National Board Certified Teacher and a candidate support provider. I am the proud president and one of the “Founding Mothers” of the Arizona National Board Certified Teacher Network. I am a member of the Teacher Solutions Team, a Lead Teacher Champions Fellow, and a doctoral student. I also blog for Stories from School. I have enjoyed classroom teaching for 18 years and have previously taught kindergarten and third grade.

I have a loving husband and beautiful daughter, along with a menagerie of animals at our home in sunny Surprise.

I am available for informational and uplifting speeches, breakout sessions at conferences, and panel discussions for teachers, schools, school districts, business/community groups and more.

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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

Sponsored by Kids Discover Online

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Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers), Monica Burns (Class Tech Tips), and I will be hosting a free webinar with Kids Discover Online on October 3 from 4:30-5:30 pm Eastern Time. We will discuss 10 ideas for excellent inquiry-based learning. The emphasis is on practical ideas — you can start using them today!

Register here and join us.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • What is inquiry-based learning?
  • What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning?
  • Securing administrator support for inquiry-based learning
  • Practical do’s and don’ts for inquiry-based learning in the classroom
  • Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom
  • 10+ practical examples

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The sponsor of this webinar is Kids Discover Online. I’ve written about their 150 nonfiction science and history articles and how they support inquiry-based learning.

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I hope you see you at the webinar. It is going to be fun and very informative. If you want to build inquiry-based learning, this will be helpful!

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Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Thank you for listening to the 10-Minute Teacher. We’ve broken the quarter of a million download mark and growing. So many amazing educators have joined the show to inspire and encourage teachers. Here are the top 10 shows for season 2 so far.

#10MT Season 2 Top 10 (So far)

  1. 5 Mistakes Teachers make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis (#115)
  2. Thinking Routines in the Classroom with Karen Voglesang #134
  3. 5 Ways to Help At-Risk Children Succeed with Basil Marin #130
  4. Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak #118
  5. Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger #111
  6. 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Superheroes with Kecia Ray #135
  7. Hack Homework: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton #120
  8. LEAD like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers) with Shelley Burgess #136
  9. 23 GSuite IDeas to Excite Your Students about Learning with Eric Curts #112
  10. Edtech and Social Emotional Learning with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman #137

To be fair, it takes about six weeks to see where a show will end up in the download rankings.

Thank you so much.Thank you for listening, sharing, and for the guests who are appearing on the show to help other teachers. This 5-day a week podcast for teachers is truly a work of heart. Please contact us  if you have suggestions for guests.

Here are some new features to help you find resources you want.

TIP #1: Search for the Topic

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3 Things Great Teachers Do

Joe Fatheree on episode 159 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession.

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The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. It is a perfect inquiry-based tool you can use in your classroom and with your students.

Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

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3 Things Great Teachers Do

Shownotes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e159
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Introducing Joe Fatheree

Vicki: So today we’re continuing our recording at NNSTOY, the National Network for State Teachers of the Year.

We have Joe Fatheree @josephfatheree with us! He is a 2016 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Winner. He does a lot of work with NNSTOY, and he is actually a full time classroom teacher teaching creativity and innovation.

But Joe, you and I today are going to talk about, “What do great teachers have in common?” because you know and have worked with so many amazing teachers.

Where teaching is today

Joe: Well, I’m excited, because I look out at the world, and we have – UNESCO says, by 2030, we have a teacher shortage of 25.8 million teachers. And that concerns me. What’s the next generation? Where are they going to look to for teachers?

I do a survey of my students every year. It used to be 30-40% of my kids wanted to be a classroom teacher. In the last 4-5 years, I’m down to about 3-4% of my student population.

So I look at these kids who are getting ready to come out of high school. They’re creative. They’re on fire. They want to change the world. They want to leave it in a better place than they were given.

They have all the right components in their heart, but they’re not looking at teaching as a profession.

On the flip side, I look at all the amazing teachers that I work with around the world. Many of them have been recognized at the highest level. Many of them will unfortunately never be recognized, but they have the same attributes.

So I’m trying to figure out… what’s the missing link here? Why do these great kids not see the career path that great teaching can provide them?

So I am looking forward to having a conversation with you – a little bit, about that today – about what those attributes look like.

#1 Great teachers have a deep love for giving back to children

Vicki: OK. So what DO they look like?

Joe: I think the first one is… Just an incredible deep love for giving back to kids. Yesterday, we had Stephen Ritz at the conference from the Green Bronx Machine. Steven lives and works in the South Bronx. He talks about it being a very challenged and challenging disenfranchised community. But they’re still people. They’re people who love their kids, they love their community.

Work is a very difficult proposition because of the unemployment rates. But they want to give back and do things. But Steven has found passion in his kids. He’s finding ways to connect with these kids.

We had a group of these young men here. They participated in a National Fellowship for Black Male Teachers. One of the guys was talking about this deep love to give back to kids of color. He wants to be that Black male role model.

Vicki: (agrees)

What the healthy, appropriate love of a teacher for children looks like

Joe: So everybody, I think, has their different “flavor” of love, the reason they got into teaching. But it all comes back to this fundamental piece about how they LOVE KIDS.

We had a conversation around the dinner table this morning about a teacher who had lost a student in a traumatic accident a couple of years ago. She was very articulate about the fact that, “That was MY child.”

Vicki: (agrees)

Joe: You know, that’s how we see them. We see them as an extension of our family. So I think first of all it’s that great love.

Vicki: And there are a lot of people who have a hard time mentioning that. Obviously, there’s different kinds of love, and there are some teachers who have an inappropriate type. But we’re talking just a deep – almost parental – I mean, you know, we can never pretend to be parents. But for me, I just feel like they’re almost my kids.

Joe: (agrees)

Vicki: How do you feel?

Joe: Well, exactly. I think the great teachers around…. There’s definitely this “wall” that’s out there that you just… There’s unfortunately these inappropriate things, and you don’t want to minimize the impact that they have because they’re terrible incidents. But that’s not where the bulk of the teaching world is.

Vicki: (agrees)

Joe: The bulk of the teaching world is about giving back and making sure the next generation is successful.

Vicki: Yeah.

Joe: I see teachers every day giving everything they have to ensure that these kids are successful.

So I think that’s the first piece. Just your giving of yourself. And you’re working with each individual child. They all come in with, you know, their individual talent sets and their weaknesses that we have to shore up. But the great teachers find a way to elevate the great ones to new heights. And the ones that are struggling, to find their strengths and build them up.

I always like to focus on the positive and deal with the negative. I think great teachers find ways to do that.

#2 Great Teachers find “out of the box” ways to work with and inspire every child

Vicki: What’s next? What else?

Joe: I love the fact that we have teachers that really find “out of the box” ways to work and inspire each child.

We live right now in a world that the educational systems are very rigid. At least here in the United States, and a lot of school systems around the country. And I don’t think they were ever intended to be that way. So we have a lot of people that are out there, and they’re lambasting this or that. It’s just where we’re at. It’s just this system development over time.

You have 300+ million people who have 300+ million ideas about how education is. This is what we’ve agreed upon. But it doesn’t always necessarily work in the everyday environment.

So great classroom teachers understand how to look outside of the box. I think what we do — you know, as classroom teachers when we went through our pre service training — we were skilled in the science of teaching. You continue to get trained in the science of teaching throughout the course of your career.

But what I love about great teachers – the world changers – They’re masters in the art of teaching, and I think that’s the real magic in the classroom.

They know how to look at each situation and find ways to inspire and engage kids, no matter what the subject matter or no matter what curriculum you’re looking at. (Despite) issues with it – budget issues you have in school… they find ways to be successful. That doesn’t make it OK for those shortfalls to be there, or for our system to be rigid, because those things need to change. But I really appreciate those teachers that have learned how to go above and beyond to create that magic in a classroom.

#3 Great Teachers bring their authentic selves into the classroom

Vicki: And don’t you find that it’s when many of those teachers bring their own personal interests and love into the classroom?

I mean, I remember… (when I was) judging the Global Teacher Prize, you get to see a lot of the different types of teachers. And I remember – you know, one teacher was dancing, and one teacher was doing this or that. And it’s almost like a little personal spark of themselves that comes into the classroom to make it unique.

Joe: Even a kindergarten student can tell whether you’re a phony.

Some of the smartest people in the world are four.

Vicki: (laughs)

Joe: And they just know, when you come in the classroom whether you’re real and authentic and you want to be there for them.

Vicki: (agrees)

Joe: And so whenever you’re able to peel those layers away, and you bring YOU to the classroom. The kids know that you’re in it with them.

And it’s not just like, “I’m assigning this just to assign it. There’s a purpose with it. Mr. Fatheree’s going to be with it the entire way.”

Sometimes (it’s) leading from the front, but most of the times, (I’m) supporting from the back, and giving them a platform to showcase and to do things.

I think that’s the real trick. (For)a lot of people early on in their careers, that’s difficult because you’re still defining who you are as a person. You’re looking to emulate the people around you. But I think at some point in time, you’ve just got to be YOU.

I know for me, in my second year of teaching, I was asked to teach English to low level learners. And a lot of these kids were 17 and 18 years of age. They had second/third grade reading levels. Attendance was a real issue. Discipline problems were just everyday occurrences.

What I was given was the traditional English curriculum. I had these aspirations that every kid loved to diagram sentences…

Vicki: (laughs)

Joe: … and they all went home at night and had adjective and adverb parties where they all got together and figured those things out.

And that was a mistruth. And so what I had to do was strip things back.

We integrated hip hop music into the classroom. I had to bring a little bit of my personality in and become more real, and hop up there and sing with them, and be off key, and you know… let them have a little fun with me in the classroom.

Because then it became OK for them to make mistakes.

Vicki: (agrees)

Let’s get rid of this big lie about teachers

So, as we finish up, if there was one lie that you think many people in the world believe about teachers – that you could completely erase out of all of these brains – what would that lie be, that you would want to just completely get rid of?

Joe: I think that the biggest one I would have to deal with is that teachers don’t care.

Vicki: (agrees)

We have to tell the story of how amazing teachers really are!

Joe: And if the general public (thinks)… and as teachers, I think it’s incumbent upon us to do a better job of telling the story of what we do. Most of the teachers take a back seat. They never tell all the stories of the money they donate to the schools, the unbelievable countless hours they spend way above and beyond the call of duty… Just the “A game” that they bring to school every day.

And the care they have, not only for the kids, but for the kids’ parents and their communities.

So, I guess, if anything, what I’d love to be able to do is to stand before people and paint this picture of what a real classroom teacher looks like. I’d like to let people see how the bulk of America’s teaching force really is, and how they care for your kids, and how they want them to find success in the next years.

Vicki: Yeah. And that’s really part of the purpose of the show, is to have a 10-Minute-Teacher Show five days a week, because I think when you sit back and you look at the amazing profession of teachers…

There are so many amazing teachers out there!

But you know, it’s so challenging to get people to come on this show to be interviewed because most teachers say, “I’m just a teacher. There’s nothing special.” And they don’t understand their existence – that they show up every day, the fact that they love kids? That’s special.

Teaching is a fantastic profession!

Joe: In 29 years in my career, I now look back with kids that I’ve mentored all over the world. They are community leaders. They’re doctors. They’re lawyers. They’re farmers.

And I got to be a part – literally a part – of building community. And I watched it in real time in my eyes. And there is no other job on the planet that gives you that satisfaction – not just when they’re 10 and in your classroom, but when they’re 18 and 38 and they’re still doing things.

And you walk into their place of business, and it’s immediately – you still have that same respect – because they know what you gave to them and continue to give to them.

Vicki: Yeah.

Joe: So I think it’s the most exciting job on the planet.

And I would just encourage people who are listening to go beyond the classroom. If your children are looking for careers, teaching is a tremendous career opportunity for them. We’d love to have them join hands with us.

Vicki: And it starts with all of us, treating this wonderful profession with respect. Sharing powerful stories of what teachers are doing. Teachers and our students are very remarkable.

Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford

Bio as submitted


Joe Fatheree serves as NNSTOY’s Director of Strategic Projects. His primary responsibilities include the coordination of state chapters, STEM, virtual circles and NNSTOY Fellows, video production and technology support. He continues to serve as the instructor of Creativity and Innovation at Effingham High School located in Effingham, Illinois.

Joe is also an award winning educator and filmmaker. Prior to this position, he served as a founding board member for Advance Illinois. During his tenure at Advance Illinois, he served on the executive committee, legislative committee, and chaired the Educator Advisory Committee. He also served on a professional development committee for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, Joe was selected by the United States Department of Education to serve as an official delegate to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

He has received numerous educational awards over the course of his career. In 2016, he was recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. He was recognized as Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2007, and as the recipient of the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. He is a former president of the Illinois Teacher of the Year organization.

Joe’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, the Major League Baseball Network, and Hulu. As a producer he has received three Mid-America Emmy awards, two for producing and one for writing. He served as a senior developer on The Composition Book Jam and has authored numerous articles and blogs.

Twitter: @josephfatheree

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