Posted on July 27, 2023 by Claire Li, Kyla Dang, and Travis Chen
SoundMind’s app has a ton of unique capabilities, but did you know that we’ve made these tools so you can easily integrate them into your classroom? From our visual binaural beats, to the customizable soundscapes, to our wellness locker resources, SoundMind is committed to helping students both in and out of the classroom.
We’ve listened to many teachers ask us for easy, simple ways to help students prioritize their mental health by using SoundMind, so we created a list of starting points that can help. For non-educators: you can still apply these to your own life if you find them helpful!
Affirmations can help us start the day with fresh motivation, by uplifting ourselves first thing in the morning. Having an affirmations board in your classroom can be a great way to help students engage, by allowing them to write an affirmation of the day!
Giving your students a mental health tip of the day can really help equip them with long-lasting life skills that go far beyond the classroom. Even if it’s as little as “give yourself breaks while working even if you really need to get something done” can be a powerful statement that encourages rest when needed. You can also assign a few students each week to promote a mental health tip that they find useful!
Journaling daily promotes self-reflection, boosts self-confidence, and encourages students to look into their emotions. Teachers can implement a 5-minute journal time for students during their class periods to help them pick up this healthy habit and give them time to unwind.
When students complete their daily SoundMind wellness check-ins, it allows the SoundMind Hub to create a wellness report. This can be extremely helpful for teachers, because it allows you to see student stress, burnout, anxiety levels, and more. This data is part of the comprehensive mental health report that SoundMind sends you every month!
In the SoundMind admin dashboard, we’ve integrated AI to suggest ways that you can improve your students’ wellness. These suggestions are generated using the data that your students input during their wellness check-ins, and are refreshed every day. These combine activities that have worked for your classroom before, as well as integrating mental health tips that have worked for other users.
Encourage your students to use binaural beats, and set aside some listening time in class. SoundMind has over 85 unique binaural beat audios, paired with visualizations, that can help students tackle a variety of stressors. Listening to binaural beats improves mood and task performance—in fact, over 48% of SoundMind users have reported a significant decrease in stress and depressive symptoms when listening regularly!
Our Wellness Locker has different resources with guided listening to help you and your students on your mental health journey. These can help walk students through how to incorporate techniques such as stress and anxiety management, how to kickstart your day with healthy motivation, and how to boost resilience. We find that it’s very helpful for students to have guided listening time, and there’s a lot to choose from in the Wellness Locker!
In the Learning Library, we have different lessons in the ‘Science’ section that students can listen to and complete the accompanying worksheets. This not only encourages them to learn more about their mental health, but also gives students a way to write down what they’ve learned. These can be used in your lesson plans and is a great way to set aside time to prioritize mental health.
The SoundMind app has over 85 worlds and over 85 binaural beats, so students have a lot of options to match their mood. Altogether, students have over 7,000 unique combinations to personalize and have fun with!
The SoundMind app has a ton of different ambient sounds for students to choose from. You can use these as a creative opportunity for students, so they can learn how to create their perfect mix of sounds and have the chance to share their discoveries with classmates. Putting time in the lesson plan to play a student soundscape while they’re working on a task can be a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity!
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