Comprehensive Dynamic Mindfulness Curriculum:
Sample Lessons and Videos

Curriculum Scope and Sequence

The full TLS curriculum is four units comprised of eleven lessons, plus one lesson dedicated to reteaching concepts. TLS can be implemented in 15-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute sessions. In most typical implementation scenarios, three lessons per week are delivered, and a unit is completed in a month. Each lesson focuses on a particular theme and introduces a new posture.

We have put together an accessible 15 minute TLS protocol that is easy to implement anytime, anywhere. This 15 minute protocol is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Lesson Structure

We designed TLS to be consistent with best practices in pedagogy and instruction in mind. Each TLS lesson follows a predictable sequence and format that we hope will feel familiar to most teachers and students.

Lesson Overview

Each lesson plan provides an overview of the lesson, expected learning outcomes, and required materials for each lesson.

Student Overview

The Student Overview section provides a systematic method for instructors to introduce, explain, and orient students to the purpose and expectations for the day’s lesson. This includes a review of the behavioral expectations for TLS. The Student Overview also includes an activation of background knowledge, in which the lesson theme is introduced, students reflect on a key question regarding the theme, and the theme is connected to the ABC’s for the day.

Acting, Breathing, Centering

The A-B-C’s (Acting-Breathing-Centering) is the heart of TLS practice. Each A-B-C lesson provides scripted instructions for how to guide students through the core TLS practice. The script is written intentionally in a way that is inviting, not commanding, and provides choice whenever possible. The breathing is woven through the script in order to calm the nervous system as students explore new concepts and challenges. We have found this type of language helpful when working with youth, and it is of the utmost importance when working with people who have suffered trauma.

Wrap-Up

To conclude the TLS session, students are led through a minute of silence, meant to allow students time to focus on themselves in quiet meditation, followed by the closing bell. Connection questions are asked at the end to reinforce lesson themes and monitor student learning and engagement.

Extension Activities

In addition to the core TLS practices, we have included suggestions for extension activities for each lesson. Through the core TLS practices and extension activities, the TLS curriculum engages various learning styles and modalities.

 


Sample Scripted Lesson Plans and Video Lessons

  • TLS Curriculum sample video lessons
    • Lesson 1.2: Recognizing Stress In Your Body
    • Lesson 1.3: Knowing What Stresses You
    • Lesson 2.1: Understanding Self-Awareness
    • Lesson 2.2: Building Body Awareness
    • Lesson 3.4: Your Thoughts and Feelings Affect Your Actions
    • Lesson 3.8: Using Tools to Calm Down