Course Description

Module 02: Mindfulness


There are research based physical and mental exercises that help adults and children to increase executive functioning, emotional regulation, self calming, social skills and a whole host of other physical and mental benefits. Since the teacher is the pulse of the classroom, it is important that the teacher has the ability to connect their mind and body. With consistent personal practice by teachers and a dedicated portion of time in the classroom, a teacher can have a dramatic positive effect on the learning environment.

Essential Question:

With the typical levels of anxiety and stress experienced by teachers, how can one calm the mind, connect to the body and create a classroom environment that is calm and highly functioning?


  • Definition of mindfulness and how it impacts education.
  • The effects of meditation as a mindfulness tool on the body and mind.
  • The effects of yoga as a mindfulness tool for the brain and body.
  • How to create a FLOW environment.

Senior Instructors

Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.ERIC B. HAMILTONEric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.MARY E. SANDERSDr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Introduction to Mindfulness

    • Introduction to Mindfulness

    • Jon Kabat-Zinn: How Can Mindfulness Change Your Life

    • OPTIONAL: Jon Kabat-Zin: How Can mindfulness Change Your Life (Entire Video)

    • Ellen Langer: Mindfulness over Matter

    • OPTIONAL: Ellen Langer: Mindfulness over Matter (Entire Video)

    • 3 Day Challenge!

    • Discussion: 3 Day Challenge

    • Happy Teachers Will Change the World

    • Quiz Chapter 1: Introduction to Mindfulness

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Meditation

    • Introduction to Meditation

    • Happy Teachers Will Change the World

    • OPTIONAL: Happy Teachers Will Change the World (Entire video)

    • Guided Meditation (25 min)

    • Discussion: Body Scan

    • Teachers Experience With Meditation

    • Meditation in the Classroom

    • Quiz Chapter 2: Mindfulness

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Yoga- A Mindfulness Tool

    • Introduction to Yoga - A Mindfulness Tool

    • Vinyasa Yoga Sequence

    • Seated Yoga Sequence

    • Quiz Chapter 3: Yoga - A Mindfulness Tool

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Flow

    • Introduction to Flow

    • Mihály Csíkszentmihályi Introduction

    • Mihály Csikszentmihályi: Flow, the Secret to Happiness

    • OPTIONAL: Mihály Csikszentmihályi: Flow, the Secret to Happiness (Entire Video)

    • How Can You Increase Flow in Your Classroom?

    • One Teacher's Experience Cultivating Flow

    • Quiz Chapter 4: Flow

  • 6

    Teacher's Tool Box

    • Aviva Lesson Plans, Evidences, Resources and References

    • How to Upload Evidence

    • Certification Requirements

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