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Course Date(s):

Monday-Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020 from 9AM - 12Noon

Registration Deadline:

July 22, 2020


Online Facilitated




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 1 credit from Worcester State University – $125 – due upon initial registration


$275 TEC Members / $320 Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


All PreK-12 Educators

A Mindful Approach to Teaching

Given the current state of the world and the rapid-fire news cycle we collectively live in, a strong mindfulness practice is more important than ever. Although it may be unclear what school will look like in this next school year, being well-equipped with breathing and focusing strategies for both you and your students will do a world of good.  

Under the best circumstances, the school day is filled with numerous internal and external distractions for students, teachers, and other school-based professionals. It goes without saying that we are not currently living in the best circumstances. Noticing when interruptions in the day arise and being able to redirect one’s attention to the task at hand is an important skill for students and teachers alike.

Research has proven that when young people learn to be more present and less anxious, they often find they can pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance. Teachers, too, can improve their practice when they are more focused and able to put aside distractions.

About the Instructor

Tracy Affonso is a former elementary school teacher, having taught first at a charter school in Fall River, MA, and then for the Newton Public Schools for ten years. She is a 500 Hour registered Yoga Teacher and teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes and workshops in the greater Boston area. Tracy has extensive experience working with children and has used mindfulness practices with students of all ages. The workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of mindfulness and some simple techniques that teachers can use with their students and for their own practice.

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