Mindfulness Foundations Workshops for Teachers & Educators by Smiling Mind

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National Wool Museum

26 Moorabool Street

Geelong, VIC 3220


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Mindfulness Foundations Workshops for Teachers and Educators:
Leading by example & Bringing it to life


This two hours session is delivered face-to-face by the mindfulness expert facilitators of Smiling Mind and focuses on the two foundations workshops to introduce the concept of mindfulness.

Foundation A — Leading by example: An introduction to mindfulness the benefits of mindfulness for educators and students, and establishing a personal practice

Foundation B — Bringing it to life: A practical approach to bringing mindfulness into your school


Learn how mindfulness can help in the classroom

Learn practical tips around creative a mindful classroom and/or learning environment
Obtain confidence to weave mindfulness into the classroom
Learn the skills you need to help with your own wellbeing
Learn strategies about on-boarding the entire school
Learn how to deal with challenges or resistance to mindfulness
Learn how to use the Smiling Mind app
A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the training.

About the program

Location: National Wool Museum - 26 Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria 3220

5pm: Registration. Take the opportunity to discover the National Wool Museum education programs and undertake a self-guided visit of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54.

5.30pm - 6.20pm: Foundation A — Leading by example

6.20pm - 6.40pm: Break and light dinner. Take the opportunity to discover the National Wool Museum education programs and undertake a self-guided visit of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54.

6.40pm - 7.30pm: Foundation B — Bringing it to life

Catering: Light dinner will be provided. Please advise dietary requirements when booking.

Ticket includes workshops, entrance to the exhibitions and light dinner.

This workshop has limited spots available. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Mindfulness and Learning
Mindfulness can be used to create impact at different levels of the learning community:

  • Student

Student wellbeing (stress, sleep, positive wellbeing)
Executive functioning
Personal and social capabilities - Emotional awareness and regulation

  • Classroom

Relationship between teacher and student
Relationships between students
Classroom conflict and discipline
Engagement and readiness to learn

  • School

Mindful Leadership
Positive School Climate

Victorian Curriculum Levels

Open to all teachers and educators interested in the program. Other professionals are welcome to attend.
Aligns to: Critical & Creative Thinking, Personal & Social Capabilities, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding within the Victorian and Australian Curricula.

Mindfulness and the Framework for Improved Student Outcome (FISO): The Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Framework for Improved Student Outcomes (FISO), encourages schools to commit to implementing whole-school approaches to health, wellbeing, inclusion and engagement. Mindfulness addresses key aspects of the FISO model including: supporting the development of students metacognitive strategies to help them think about their own learning more explicitly ; explicitly teaching specific strategies to help students set goals and monitor their own progress more effectively ; enhance social and cognitive engagement skills designed around individual students, particularly those at risk.

Certified Professional Development to maintain Proficient Teacher Registration in Victoria

Completing the course Mindfulness Foundation Workshop for Teachers & Educators by Smiling Minds‘ will contribute 2 hours of PD addressing the standards as listed from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher registration in Victoria.

Teachers who complete the professional development will understand that this learning will assist in addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

1.1 Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of learners physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve their learning.

1.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about learning.

1.5 Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of learners across the full range of abilities.

4.1 Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all learners in learning activities.

6.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and priorities of the education setting or system.

6.4 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified needs of learners

About Smiling Mind:

Smiling Mind is a 100% not-for-profit organisation with a vision to help every mind thrive. Their mission is to provide accessible lifelong tools to support healthy minds.

Why we're passionate about mindfulness in education?

"We believe it’s vital that everyone grows up learning how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing. We know it’s an important life skill that will be used throughout every stage of life and that’s why we believe in taking a proactive and pre-emptive approach to build these important skills at school, at home, at work and throughout our communities. One of Smiling Mind’s key focus areas is supporting young people to develop the skills they need to thrive in the modern world. We believe that every child and young person should have the opportunity to develop these skills regardless of socio-economic status, location or life situation. Our school-based program has been designed to support wellbeing whilst at the same time developing skills to support school engagement and positive behaviour within the classroom. Additionally, our programs can also support educator wellbeing too.

In order to have the greatest impact, we work with schools to support teacher, student and school wellbeing.

→ We want young people to grow up with the skills they need to navigate our modern challenging world.

→ We want them the ready and able to learn when they get to school and throughout their education.

→ We teach children about their physical bodies and we believe it’s equally important to teach young people how to look after their minds.

Our education goal, is to have Mindfulness on the National Australian Curriculum and as part of this we are working to empower teachers to bring mindfulness into the classroom. We provide professional learning and practical resources to educators, so they can bring mindfulness into their classrooms. Our programs have been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results."

More information: https://www.smilingmind.com.au


Please note that this event is taking place on the 2nd level of the Museum. Unfortunately the Museum doesn't have a lift. All levels are accessible via a ramp. Please allow additionnal time to make your way up to the top level of the Museum. Benches are available at all levels to have a break if required. Free wheelchairs are accessible on loan.

For help during your visit please ask staff at our Front Desk (ground level).

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National Wool Museum

26 Moorabool Street

Geelong, VIC 3220


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