Catherine is trained to teach MiSP Paws b curriculum which is a mindfulness course suitable for children aged 7 – 11. Paws b was developed thanks to a core development team of Tabitha Sawyer and Rhian Roxburgh, teachers at Ysgol Pen Y Bryn and Sarah Silverton, a senior mindfulness teacher and trainer with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales.

Why Teach Mindfulness?

If you’re asking yourself why should the children in my school/sports club take the Paws b course here’s a few reasons for you:

  • It promotes well-being
  • It offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life
  • It can be individually tailored to suit each child
  • It extends the thinking skills learning which is promoted in the national curriculum such as neuroscience and metacognition
  • It helps children understand themselves better
  • It helps them to be resilient and resourceful when life is challenging
  • Skills and understanding can be available throughout their school life and beyond

What Use Is It?

If you’re asking yourself what will the children in my school/sports club learn by taking the Paws b course here a few of the things they will learn:

  • They learn about parts of the brain known through neuroscience evidence to be impacted by mindfulness practice
  • Ways to steady themselves when their mind/body is busy or out of balance
  • Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore take best care of themselves
  • Ways to relate to their thinking processes and how these impact their emotions and body state
  • Ways that mindfulness can support them in all the activities and relationships of their lives

How CroiYoga Teaches Mindfulness

If you are asking yourself how does CroiYoga teach the lessons?

  • Paws b is delivered as a programme of six, one hour lessons , or twelve 30 minute lessons that include:
  • Scientific knowledge
  • PowerPoint lessons with a variety of film clips
  • Short meditation practices
  • Discussion and exploration of experiences
  • Home practice encouragement and support (and therefore integration into life beyond school)

The learning from all of these lessons is encouraged to be connected to other aspects of the school curriculum where and when appropriate, such as music, sport, art, drama, queuing to come in to the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.

Where’s The Evidence?

If you’re asking yourself Is there any evidence to show that Paws b helps the children at school or generally in their lives?

A Masters study in a primary school showed pupils who were taught mindfulness lessons had increased positive attitudes towards their learning after the lessons compared to the pupils who were not taught mindfulness.

Academic results were better for the pupils that were taught mindfulness.

All the lessons seemed to appeal and benefit both boys and girls.

The feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b is very positive. The children report enjoying the lessons and finding the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.

Here is a link to research on Paws b.

Mindfulness in Schools Details

Catherine Callaghan
Various Schools in Carlow and Wexford