Exploring Grade 3 Teachers’ Perspectives on the Acceptability and Efficacy of MindMasters 2


  •  Alexandre Santos    

Abstract

MindMasters 2 is a curriculum resource designed to promote social and emotional skills, such as relaxation, positive thinking, and mindfulness. The purpose of this study was to assess teachers’ perspectives regarding MindMasters 2’s acceptability and efficacy in classrooms over a 3-month period, and obtain suggestions for future improvement. Six Grade-3 teachers took part in semi-structured interviews post-implementation, which were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed thematically. Nine broad themes were identified, which are discussed in detail. Overall, teachers found MindMasters 2 acceptable in a classroom setting, and observed changes in children’s emotional regulation, focus in the classroom, and peer relationships. Teachers also noted children’s use of the resource outside of the classroom environment. Suggestions for improvement included more training opportunities, broader variety in activities, and the addition of a parent section. According to teachers’ perspectives, MindMasters 2 may be a useful resource when attempting to meet specific curriculum objectives.


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