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Ms. Witherell from Greenfield MA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Mindful Teaching, Mindful Practice

I need continued professional development in teaching mindfully in the classroom and teaching my students the practice of mindfulness.

  • $572 goal

This project expired on August 28, 2018.

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My Students

As a looping educator, I am profoundly fortunate to spend 3rd and 4th grade with the same group of students! As we end our 3rd-grade year, we have had incredible students join us from Utah and North Carolina, as well as cities near and far. Some of the best and the brightest show up.

As a whole brain educator, we are so lucky to be learning and teaching together.

Our classroom is full of tiny teachers who support each other and applaud each other for their hard work and dedication.

While their young lives might be ripe with traumas that run the gamut of small to great, you would NEVER know what these hard-working, brilliant and kind students are navigating while continuing to learn and grow...and SHINE.

My Project

I began with a professional development project for books around mindfulness to begin my practice and completely fallen in love with what it has provided my students in terms of readiness, self-care, and calm.

I'd like to continue my professional development online with the course - Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning.

This course will provide the opportunity to learn valuable tools I need to create an energized, interconnected, and kind classroom culture where every member is engaged, motivated, and passionate about learning.

Research shows that implementing mindfulness in the classroom also results in significant teaching and learning benefits. When we, my students and I, can relax, become centered, and better manage our emotions, we increase our focus, improve our social and emotional skills, and even enhance our physical health.

Ms. Witherell
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 19 students.

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Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning • Advancement Courses $449.00 1 $449.00

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