Rise Up and Bring Mindfulness and Yoga to your classroom

Felecia Nanassy, from Rise & Shine Kids Yoga lead our educator workshop on Monday, May 13 on helping to create a mindful classroom space.  We explored the challenges that the lack of language creates by trying to learn three things about our partner without using words.  This exercise gave a very good insight how difficult it can be for children that are just learning language to understand and convey thoughts and feelings.16.jpg

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Felecia lead the group through a kids yoga program.  Sitting on our yoga mats and using a Hoberman sphere we became aware of our breaths and how our lungs and bellies take in air.  She told us that remembering to keep a kids yoga class fluid by listening to the children to lead the direction in the moment is very important.   The group released their inner child and moved with ease and fun.  We took turns using a scarf to create movements then tossed the scarf to next person to change movements.  Felecia helped us to recapture the spontaneity and innocence of childhood with her music and quiet guidance.  Bunny breaths and volcano breaths, juicy descriptive words all help us to connect to children and help them learn to self-calm.

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We ended the evening by giving back to ourselves.  Self-care is important and Felecia guided us through partner relaxation and stretching techniques.  As teachers, we give ourselves everyday to our students and, often, we don’t remember to take time to relax and be mindful of our own self.

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Felecia had amazing information to help keep us connected to the children we work with and create mindfulness in our classrooms.  With simple techniques, games and movements we are able to help children center and be mindful in themselves.

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Communication Tips and Strategies Workshop: What Drives You?

1On Saturday, May 4th, Cec Hanec lead members of the MMTA in a wonderful workshop to help understand the communication methods of self and others.  She began by leading the members in talking about what blocks effective interpersonal relationships, eg: trust, cultural background, judgement, impatience, physical size. and what are the benefits of overcoming those blocks, eg: less stress and respect.  The members learned that body language accounts for 55% of the way we communicate with others, followed by tone of voice, 38%, and words used, 7%.  Pace of speech and action is also important in communication but is not quantifiable.

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The meat of the workshop had us look at workplace drivers.  Everyone has something unique to them that motivates them.  It motivates them to get up and go to work.  To keep going everyday.  These motivators, or drivers, can be broken down into 6 different categories:

  • Theoretical Knowledge: Instinctive vs Intellectual
  • Utility: Selfless vs Resourceful
  • Aesthetics: Objective vs Harmonious
  • Social: Intentional vs Altruistic
  • Individualistic Power: Collaborative vs Commanding
  • Methodologies: Receptive vs Structure8

The members did self-exploration to find what drives them and how to effectively communicate with others that have different drivers.  Cec was able to keep the mood light with great examples and personal stories.  Members chimed in with questions and stories as well which kept the workshop at a steady pace.

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The workshop finished with members assessing themselves on the D.I.S.C. behaviour assessment.  This assessment shows how an individual handles problems and challenges.

The Communication Tips and & Strategies workshop was fast-paced, fun and informative.  Many members felt that a longer, more in-depth workshop would be interesting and beneficial.

Thank you Cec Hanec for the fun and informative workshop.

Thank you to Winnipeg Montessori and Shannon Curtaz for opening their school for this workshop.

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Thank you Early Childhood Educators

Just a little note to say that you are appreciated.

shauna

MMTA Newsletter Sept 2018

Click below to read our most recent newsletter!  Thanks to Liz Currie for developing this issue!

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MMTA Conference 2018

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