Paws b [pause & b] is a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 7 -11 in schools. Paws b was developed in 2012 by MiSP, 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.
The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as six, one hour lessons, or twelve 30 minute lessons. Learning from all of the 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 into the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.
Each Paws b lesson (six one-hour lessons, or twelve 30-minute lessons) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.
Lesson One – Our Amazing Brain
Let’s explore our amazing brain!
- Exploring how mindfulness can help us to train our minds to change our brain.
- Introducing 4 key areas of the brain, beginning with the Prefrontal Cortex
Lesson Two – Making Choices
Being aware of the choices we make
- Learning how mindfulness can help us to concentrate when we need to
- Recognising the choices we make each day and the impact these have on our lives
Lesson Three – Puppy Training
Playing with our attention
- Exploring how the attention can move around, narrow down or broaden out in focus.
- Learning about how the attention is also like a puppy, but can be trained with an attitude of kindness, patience and repetition
Lesson Four – Everyday Mindfulness
Choosing to be present
- Understanding what it means to be on ‘autopilot’
- Learning about the role of the hippocampus and how it links new experiences to old ones
Lesson Five – Noticing The Wobble
What happens when we wobble?
- Recognising that we all ‘wobble’, and explore ways to steady ourselves
- Learning about the Insula’s role in recognising different body states in ourselves and others and how they relate to mood
Lesson Six – Finding A Steady Place
Grounding ourselves when we wobble
- Exploring practices that steady our attention in the lower half of the body
- Learning to recognise moods in ourselves and others
Lesson Seven – Working With Difficulty
Getting to know your amygdala
- Exploring the idea of reactivity – what looks and feels like
- Learning about the amygdala and its role in ‘fight, flight or freeze’
Lesson Eight – Choosing Your Path
React or respond?
- Learning how to nurture attitudes of curiosity, kindness, and openness to experiences
- Understanding the importance of keeping the mind and body safe and healthy through noticing choice points, and choosing to respond where appropriate
Lesson Nine – The Storytelling Mind
Recognising the power of thoughts
- Discussing what a thought is, and learning to recognise them as they arise
- Noticing some of the habits of our mind – e.g. ways the mind tries to fix difficulties by over-thinking
Lesson Ten – Stepping Back
Seeing thoughts clearly
- Learning about how thoughts can be connected to body, emotions and urges/actions
- Exploring ways to step back and be present moment-focused when the mind is telling us stories
Lesson Eleven – Growing Happiness
Choosing to nurture ourselves and others
- Discussing how we can best nurture ourselves and others
- Understanding how we can sometimes create space and choices around happiness
Lesson Twelve – The Yum Factor
Noticing the good stuff
- Exploring specific ways to savour happiness
- Learning about how happiness, kindness and gratitude are connected
MiSP’s Teach Paws b training is widely regarded as one of the highest quality curriculum trainings available internationally.
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