Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Infographic
Ten years ago Garrison Institute had a vision that a program designed to support teachers’ well-being and mindfulness would transform classroom environments. Today they celebrate their success the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Infographic. Research has confirmed that when we take CARE of teachers, they are better prepared to provide the support their students’ need to flourish.
Most teacher professional development focuses on curriculum delivery. CARE for Teachers is different because it promotes core skills and dispositions teachers need to create and maintain supportive learning environments while retaining their well-being and love of teaching.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration – the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.
How does CARE work?
Based upon current research on the neuroscience of emotion, CARE introduces emotion skills instruction to promote understanding, recognition and regulation of emotion. To reduce stress, and to promote awareness and presence applied to teaching, CARE introduces basic mindfulness activities, such as short periods of silent reflection, and progresses to activities that demonstrate how to bring mindfulness to challenging situations teachers often encounter. Through these activities, teachers learn to bring greater calm, mindfulness and awareness into the classroom to enhance their relationships with their students, their classroom management, and curricular implementation. The CARE program also promotes empathy and compassion through caring practice and mindful listening activities.