Creating a Mindful Classroom Environment

Adopting mindful teaching methods as part of any K-12 curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to explore new perspectives, improve their communication skills, and fully engage in lessons. Educators will also find that practicing mindfulness will lead to long-lasting benefits for their physical and mental health. Easy-to-follow course materials will guide educators towardincorporating mindfulness techniques into any classroom environment, no matter what grade level they teach!

Course Name: Creating a Mindful Environment

Course Number: EDUC 711X

Semester Credits: 3

Course Description

The mindful individual experiences the world by creating new categories, being open to new information, and being aware that a person can view any experience from more than one perspective.  Creating a Mindful Environment covers the concept of mindfulness in the context of many real-life situations and in the context of academic instruction. Emphasis is placed on theoretical views and empirical support for them. Applications of this approach are explored in a variety of contexts.


  • Acquire an understanding of the costs of not being mindful.
  • Acquire information on what mindfulness entails and how it has improved the functioning of people in a variety of settings.
  • Students will learn the ability to move between theory and experiment.
  • Students will gain the ability to apply some of the concepts of mindfulness in the classroom.

Course Contents

  • Mindlessness
    • Trapped by categories
    • Automatic behavior
    • Single perspectives
    • Unconsciousness
    • Limited resources
    • Education for outcome
    • Power of context
    • Self-image
    • Learned helplessness
  • Mindfulness
    • The nature of mindfulness
    • Mindful aging
    • Creative uncertainty
    • On the job
    • Health
  • Mindful Learning
    • Over learning
    • Teaching mindfully
    • Creative distraction
    • The myth of delayed gratification
    • Hazards of rote memory
    • Forgetting
    • Intelligence
    • The illusion of right answers

Evidence of Learning Outcomes

Upon completing Creating a Mindful Environment, the student will have demonstrated knowledge of mindful learning through relevant and applicable course content. This practical course covers mindfulness in the context of real-life instructional scenarios, which can be applied to classroom lessons. 

How to Register

Registration is simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered ongoing during three semesters, and enrollees may begin at any time. Students may choose to enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits at any time during a semester.

 Fall: September 1 - January 31

Spring: February 1 - May 31

Summer: June 1 - August 31

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