Peace of Mind Blog

A Transformative Kindness Project for your Class

This week in Peace of Mind class at Lafayette we are turning our attention to kindness.  We have spent the past several weeks working on conflict resolution and now at the end of the year, when the weather warms up and the kids are gearing ...
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Black Children Are Not Historical Figures: The Importance of Representation in Children’s Books.

I am a public school teacher in Washington, DC. A few years ago I wanted to teach a lesson about brain science for my young students.  To my surprise, I couldn’t find a single children’s storybook that told the story I wanted to tell, and ...
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Armed with Love

All of the talk lately about school shootings and arming teachers reminded me of one of my heroes.  Antoinette Tuff was the school bookkeeper in DeKalb County Georgia who in 2013 single-handedly prevented a school shooting by disarming the potential gunman.  Did she have a ...
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Mindfulness, inclusion and umbrellas in the rain

This morning as I was walking our dog, I came upon a group of middle schoolers waiting on the corner for their bus. Or I should say, corners. On the right were two groups of talking, jostling kids, huddling close together under shared umbrellas in ...
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Football and Mindfulness?

Football and mindfulness?  Most people wouldn't think that football and mindfulness would really go together, but in Peace Class, you never know what will happen.  Last Monday morning my students came in even groggier than usual.  It was the morning after the Superbowl and most of ...
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Neuroscience and Mindfulness in Early Childhood

What can 4 and 5 year olds learn about neuroscience and their brains? As it turns out, plenty! This week we finished up our Peace of Mind Pre-K and K unit on the brain, and it never fails to amaze me how much these little ...
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Peace of Mind Makes its Mindful Movie Debut

In the spring of 2015, staff and students of Lafayette Elementary School, Peace of Mind's home school,  were filmed and interviewed for a documentary about mindfulness by director Paul McGowan.  The resulting film, just released, is titled A Joyful Mind. We were supposed to be a very small ...
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My Third Favorite Pants: Gratitude and the Negativity Bias

In my Peace of Mind classes we often break the ice and start things off with a game I call "tell me something good". I ask my students to think of something good. We try to focus on the little good things in life, like ...
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Mindfulness and Kindness Pals welcome Lafayette ES students back to school.

Peace of Mind Class is in full swing at Lafayette ES in Washington DC. In all our Peace of Mind classes we are starting with an emphasis on mindfulness fundamentals. Our younger students in grades 1- 2 are learning about mindfulness by doing things mindfully, ...
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