Mindfulness in the Classroom
The Smiling Mind Education Programs are mapped to the curriculum and designed to support educators to bring mindfulness into the classroom. All our lesson plans are tailored to each age level across primary and secondary school levels.
- 72 Modules
- 249 Sessions
We know that to really make a positive impact on children’s mental health, we need to provide them with skills that can be used throughout their lives.
If we tune in to our body and our mind through mindfulness and meditation, we can improve our learning.
The Smiling Mind Education Program offers mental health and wellbeing tools designed for primary and secondary aged children. It has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results in classes of all sizes, backgrounds, locations and ages.
The Smiling Mind Education Program has been proven to help students with sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and school behaviour including reductions in bullying. Our Program also assists with:
- stress management,
- increased resilience,
- increased creativity,
- better decision making, and
- a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
In a 2015 study, we surveyed 12 schools, 104 teachers and 1,853 students to assess the impact of the Smiling Mind mindfulness program. We monitored subjects’ stress, sleep and wellbeing over five weeks and found that those who participated in our program reported significant improvements in sleep and emotional wellbeing and marked reductions in psychological distress. Click here to read the research results.
We offer resources, training and support, tailoring each program around a school’s unique culture, goals and priorities.
A whole school approach
Research has shown that involving the whole community – teachers, parents and students – is the most effective way to gain the long-lasting benefits of mindfulness.
Smiling Mind makes bringing mindfulness meditation into the classroom as easy and accessible as possible. We offer face-to-face workshops with trained facilitators who can demonstrate the ease of using meditation in the classroom, at home and in life. These workshops provide students, staff and parents with the tools to understand how to cope with emotions and feelings in a world that can be chaotic and overwhelming
Our facilitators can demonstrate the ease of using meditation in the classroom, at home and in life to provide students and staff with the tools to understand how to cope with emotions and feelings in a world that can be chaotic and overwhelming.
Smiling Mind understands that schools have individual needs and therefore, the approach in training is flexible.
This highly effective program aims to create a culture of caring, compassionate, and mature students, and provide schools with the skills and resources needed for an optimal learning environment.
Smiling Mind for educators
We work directly with educators, providing visual presentations, research, lesson plans and other resources to successfully implement Smiling Mind in the classroom or across the school.
We have created age specific lesson plans to support the educator's understanding around mindfulness and meditation in the classroom. Please click on the link below to access the relevant lesson plan;
Smiling Mind is more than just an app. The Smiling Mind Education Program training is designed to support the educator’s professional development.
When educators understand the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, the results are transformative.
The Smiling Mind Education Programs complement the Australian Curriculum and can be used to support existing wellbeing, pastoral care and training. Smiling Mind can be integrated with ‘personal and social capability’ and ‘critical and creative thinking’ as well as mental health curricula.
What our community is saying
"I can see a real difference in my students when we practise being mindful. They are a lot more focused, calm and able to listen." Teacher
"I used to feel anxious at school but since we've been listening to Smiling Mind in class I feel calm and the butterflies in my tummy have stopped." Student
"Listening to Smiling Mind has helped me control my anger and my head doesn't hurt anymore." Student
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What our ambassadors are saying
Mindfulness has been a central part of my everyday life since 2002, and meditation is now a practice my children engage in also. We celebrate so many of its benefits and I’m thrilled to know that Smiling Mind will be making it easier than ever for more young Australians to meditate.
I have been using meditation and in particular positive creative visualisation in my work since the late 1990s and it's an incredible tool to help people to build new belief systems in the unconscious mind— and to quiet the inner critic. We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression in our chaotic, modern world, and I am so heartened that Smiling Mind exists to make mindfulness accessible to everyone. This is simple, but powerful stuff.
Smiling Mind is one of the most common apps that I regularly use professionally with adolescent clients suffering from both mood and affective disorders. It is beautifully designed, easy to use, and gets the thumbs up from my young clients.
The Smiling Mind App has reached more than 1 million people worldwide.
More than 13,000 education providers use our programs in their classrooms.
- That’s at least 600,000 students experiencing the benefit of our programs every day (based on 60 students per teacher).
- We’ve also provided additional intensive professional development to up-skill more than 4,000 teachers so that they can bring mindfulness into their classrooms.
Our workplace programs are currently being used by more than 200 organisations.
- More than 12,000 employees have started to learn how to use mindfulness meditation to improve their wellbeing and effectiveness at work.
- Our programs significantly reduce stress, with 68% of participants reporting that they feel a greater sense of calm since using the Smiling Mind app.