This Mindfulness App Is Giving Free Accounts to Teachers
Mindfulness is a big deal these days, with everyone from celebrities to the military singing its praises. Many schools are even adding mindfulness curriculum to help students learn self-regulation and how to stay present.
One of the most popular ways to practice mindfulness is by using an app. And there are a seemingly unlimited number to choose from. But one in particular wants to extend its influence to schools.
Calm is an app that offers recorded mindfulness exercises for a variety of needs, from calming anxiety to breaking habits to mindful eating. Users can select a standalone mindfulness exercise or follow a series. And they can choose a natural background image and noise, like falling rain or waves crashing on the beach. Many of Calm's recordings also have options for length of time, from 3 to 30 minutes.
With their Calm Schools Initiative, they are offering free memberships to teachers all over the world. According to their website, Calm understands the pressures that both students and teachers face. They recognize that every child could benefit from learning about mindfulness, but budget and time constraints can make it difficult for teachers to incorporate mindfulness into their classrooms.
"We are offering every teacher in the world free access to Calm, the mindfulness app that hundreds of thousands of people all over the world use everyday. Our aim is to empower teachers with mindfulness tools and resources they can use to help kids learn this new skill."
Calm states that their goal is to reach 10,000 classrooms every year and impact 1 million children with The Calm Schools Initiative. Teachers can fill out a form on the website, and when they're approved, they will have unlimited access to all of Calm's materials.
Calm also highlights their Calm Kids program, which is designed "for age groups from pre-K through high school."
With this initiative, Calm believes that children can learn to recognize what they're feeling at any given moment and respond to it non-reactively. This will help them manage stress and overwhelming feelings more successfully. Calm says, "This is how we want to empower the children of the next generation."
Have you ever practiced mindfulness with a child? If you're a teacher, would you take advantage of Calm's offer?