CHIL­DREN'S GAR­DEN SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - LISA GARARD PHYS­I­CAL ED­U­CA­TION/ HEALTH AND MIND­FUL­NESS

En­ter­ing her seventh year of teach­ing, Lisa Garard’s days at Chil­dren’s Gar­den School are al­ways full of va­ri­ety. “I teach phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, health and mind­ful­ness lessons through­out the week to stu­dents from preschool to Grade 3,” she ex­plains, “And I con­duct lessons out­doors as of­ten as I can be­cause I be­lieve strongly in the ben­e­fits of out­door ed­u­ca­tion.” Garard, who re­ceived her mas­ter of science in ed­u­ca­tion from Cani­sius Col­lege in Buf­falo, New York, says her ed­u­ca­tional phi­los­o­phy in­volves teach­ing to the whole child. “Both the lessons in­side and out­side of the class­room pro­vide op­ti­mal ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial suc­cess. I try to use in­quiry based teach­ing as much as pos­si­ble to al­low the chil­dren's learn­ing to be more self­di­rected, rather than overly struc­tured. I be­lieve this is ben­e­fi­cial to them as, when they learn in a con­text that is mean­ing­ful to them, they not only re­tain more knowl­edge but be­come mo­ti­vated and in­spired about learn­ing!” Garard’s most mem­o­rable mo­ments are when she wit­nesses the ben­e­fits of the mind­ful­ness pro­gram. “See­ing a child who strug­gles with anx­i­ety and sel­f­reg­u­la­tion grad­u­ally be able to ex­press their feel­ings us­ing phys­i­cal tools that have been in­tro­duced to the child dur­ing my mind­ful­ness lessons...” is what makes it all worth­while.

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