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What Can Life Lessons Global Do For Your School?
Now Used In 154 Countries!
Nearly 90% of teachers report educating children with concerning behaviour and mental health issues which negatively affects student learning and impacts wellbeing. Often, the reasons that students are not reaching their potential or are having meltdowns in the classroom are due to anxiety and not knowing how to handle their intense emotions. They do not know how to cope when work is difficult, they struggle with friendship issues, they lack self-esteem and they do not have the resilience needed to persevere.
Our entertaining, evidence-based Mind Ninja programs, which are now used successfully in 154 countries across the globe, are designed to:
- Teach students how to manage their thoughts and emotions
- Ensure long lasting strong mental health, happiness and general wellbeing
- Increase student engagement and resilience across all learning areas
- Improve student relationships
- Make classroom management easier
- Foster a growth mindset
The exciting Mind Ninja episodes, audio tracks, lesson plans and activities can be accessed through our online learning dashboard and our phenomenal new App.
Whether you want to trial our programs with one class or you are ready to launch a whole school approach and provide each family in your school community with access to our incredible App, bringing Mind Ninja into your school will have a profound impact.
Each module consists of short, powerful video lessons that kids LOVE. It explicitly teaches the students each strategy as well as provides a lesson plan for the educator along with optional activities.
During the program, students learn how to focus on the ‘present moment’ disregarding negative events from the past and not obsessing or worrying about the future. This works to bust anxiety.
Students are presented with a memorable formula for dealing with any challenge that may arise during their day. There are 3 decent choices which can be used in any situation. You can either: Leave The Situation, Accept The Situation Or Change The Situation.
Mind Ninja Classroom &
What You Get With A Classroom/School Licence
- 30 Modules full of evidence-based strategies which will teach your
students exactly what they need to manage: themselves, their
thoughts and their emotions
- An entertaining video tutorial program for students with supporting
resources which were designed by teachers and presented by teachers
- Effective, relevant techniques which can be instantly implemented
in the classroom
- A Professional Development video for educators to explain the
rationale behind Mind Ninja and how to best implement the programs
- 1-year unlimited use for your individual classroom or entire school package
A snippet from our online Professional
Mind Ninja Is Currently Used In 154 Countries
“His confidence has grown so much he now goes to swimming lessons and taekwondo… something we would of never thought he would be able to do.”
“We are homeschooling him due to his anxiety issues and your course has really helped him and I already see an improvement with his mindset.”
Primary Teacher, Exmouth District High School
I asked my daughter what her favourite thing about the course was. She said ‘Knowing that I love me, no matter what’. So beautiful ❤️
Primary Teacher, Exmouth District High School
Meet the Life Lessons Global Founder,
Joelene Lavrick, B.A (Psych), GradDipEd
Meet the Mind Ninja creator, Joelene Lavrick, B.A (Psych), GradDipEd
With a B.A in Psychology and 20+ years teaching experience, Joelene Lavrick has taught thousands of children across the globe how to manage their thoughts and emotions, such as: anxiety, anger and sadness with outstanding feedback from educators, chaplains, allied health professionals and parents.
Using Mind Ninja in the classroom leads to a drastic reduction in meltdowns and anxiety with educators having rock solid strategies to reinforce with their students.
Life Lessons Global has presented hundreds of workshops for children; as well as several Professional Development Workshops for educators in collaboration with Dr Gemma Foxall from ACT For Autism in the past 5 years, with 94% of Participants rating the course as EXCELLENT.
Mind Ninja is effective for neurotypical children as well as being particularly beneficial for verbal children on the Autism Spectrum as reported by educators, parents and the children themselves.
The program has been featured twice on GWN7 NEWS and reached the semi-finals in the Curtin University, School Of Education, Teaching Excellence Awards in the WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards, back to back for the last 4 years.
Meet Abbey Piggott, From Mind Ninja 2!
Experienced Teacher, Education Consultant, Anxiety & Stress Specialist
Abbey Piggott is one of the highly qualified presenters from our Mind Ninja 2 program. Abbey has over a decade of teaching experience in Health and Physical Education. She is also qualified in Coaching and Health Science, specialising in helping students to manage stress and anxiety. Abbey has dedicated her career to helping young people calm their minds, improving concentration, enhancing the ability to retain and recall information and redirecting mind chatter from a negative to positive mindset to support long-lasting good mental health. Abbey currently works with schools, parents and children to provide a holistic approach to promoting wellbeing.
Abbey Piggott, BEXHSC, GDipEd, GDipCoach
It has given me great courage, has taught me to love myself and so many other great things.
Case Study Results:
Riverside Primary School
Here is some of the data/feedback that we have gathered this session from using Mind Ninja.
All stages from P1-7 have engaged with the Mind Ninja programme across the session as a universal approach. However, target groups have had more in depth engagement with the programme. Next session we plan to introduce the programme to support some of our learners within the autism provision.
One of our teachers carried out a practitioner enquiry on the Mind Ninja programme and analysed the impact within her P2 class. She used a 7-point survey as pre and post assessment. The most significant findings were that after completing the programme:
- “Always” responses to “I know how to use 5 finger breathing to calm down” had increased from 26% to 82%.
- “Always” responses to “I can feel better by thinking about the power of now” had increased from 31% to 88%.
The teacher made individual observations of the children within her class. She was able to evidence many of the children either making use of the Mind Ninja strategies for self-regulation (thought catch, ninja breathing, magic words) or those children assisting others to make use of the strategies during and after the programme. The teacher also commented that using the consistent language of Mind Ninja with the class and individuals was effective in supporting learners to regulate more quickly when emotionally unbalanced.
Another group of learners from P4, 6 and 7 were identified to complete the Mind Ninja programme with more targeted support.
The learners completed a pre and post assessment. Before completing the programme, all of the children selected “Never” or “Not much of the time” for the following statements:
- I’ve been feeling calm
- I’ve been feeling relaxed
- I’ve been able to make choices easily
Whereas, after the programme all of the children selected more positive answers for these statements. The teacher was able to explain that the children were able to elaborate on their post assessment answers and give examples of the strategies from the programme that they had been putting into practice to help with this.
Our Senior Leadership Team and teaching staff have also made use of the programme with individuals during the session to dip in and out of, as needed. We have felt that it provides a clear structure and easy to use approach to focusing in on self-regulation strategies.
One member of our Senior Leadership Team commented that the programme is brilliant and that if all classes used it consistently then the children would be much more able to manage anxiety and show resilience across the school. She said that she loves that it gives a common language for everyone to use and refer to.
Riverside Primary School
I am a teacher who has worked in a range of different year levels. I have been looking for something that would benefit my students to support their emotions in the classroom and playground. When I came…
Dr Gemma Foxall
“Joelene is one of those teachers who finds a way to connect with each child. Students are drawn to her because she individualises every interaction in a purposeful and positive way. She values every child…
“I have a strong affiliation with Joelene Lavrick from Life Lessons Global and have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Mind Ninja program since it commenced in 2017 when Joelene was on my staff at…
“I attended a Professional Development Workshop with several of my staff at UWA in 2018 which subsequently led to us inviting Joelene Lavrick to run her Mind Ninja program at our school. The impact of…
“Joelene Lavrick has held a series of Mind Ninja workshops at Dardanup Primary School as part of an after-school program. We have received great feedback from students and their parents regarding the…
“Miss Lavrick helped Kai develop strategies to acknowledge and manage his emotions. The lessons helped Kai to reframe his thoughts when feeling anxious and challenge some of his rigidity in his…
“Hi Joelene, I sincerely enjoyed your Mind Ninja workshop and watching you share your incredibly important message by weaving your magic, energy, passion, knowledge and skill into an amazing experience…
“Thank you so much for running your Mind Ninja program so energetically with our senior classes. Jodie and I appreciate the planning and effort that you put into our sessions, especially the YouTube…
I’m a year 1 teacher and have been using Mind Ninja during my health lessons. Yesterday a tired boy walked into class and was feeling a little down, missing mum and not wanting to start the school day…
Hi Joelene, I’m so sorry for the delayed reply! We are absolutely loving this program and it couldn’t have some at a better time. We had to skip our session on Friday morning because we had so much…
As a School Chaplain I am sometimes lost for ways to help the students who cone to me for Pastoral Care. This term I have been using Mind Ninja with a few students who have had problems with…
I am a teacher who has worked in a range of different year levels. I have been looking for something that would benefit my students to support their emotions in the classroom and playground. When I came across Mind Ninja, I was excited to implement this in my classroom to give my students the skills they needed. My children loved the lessons and activities that are provided in the course. They look forward to every lesson during the week, screaming out ‘YAY’ when we start each topic. Everything is easy to follow and gives step by step instructions and key focus areas to speak about. Over a few short weeks my students we able to use the skills and were applying them in the classroom and in the playground. When I listened, I could hear them thinking out loud and talking with each other using the language from the course like ‘hmmmm how can I fix this?” I found myself dealing with less upset children and my students over time became happier within themselves but also believing that they are unique and special. Not only has this benefited my students but it has also given me common language to use with students, parents and other teachers. I have had many parents comment on the simple steps that I have taught through Mind Ninja, with each saying that it has helped them at home. I currently teach 5 years olds and next year will be teaching 9 year olds. Joelene has created a framework that can be used with any year level or age student. I can’t wait to teach my next class these skills! I cannot recommend this course to educators enough. Finally I have something that I can teach my students that actually works and seeing the change in my students is all worth it. Thanks Joelene!
Dr Gemma Foxall
“Joelene is one of those teachers who finds a way to connect with each child. Students are drawn to her because she individualises every interaction in a purposeful and positive way. She values every child for who they are, and students seem to sense that.
On a professional level, Joelene has a rare and unique set of skills that enable her to achieve optimum outcomes. Combining these skills with her passion for teaching positive thinking strategies and resiliency skills to produce Life Lessons Australia will be an experience I would strongly recommend to any of my students and friends’ children.
Joelene has worked with my son on a weekly basis. Despite his social and communication difficulties, Joelene has managed to help him overcome his anxiety and he now waits at the window for her to arrive. The contribution she has made to his emotional welfare and showing him a happier way to perceive the world is simply priceless and will help him for the rest of his life.”
“I have a strong affiliation with Joelene Lavrick from Life Lessons Global and have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Mind Ninja program since it commenced in 2017 when Joelene was on my staff at Kingston Primary School. It has been pleasing to see Mind Ninja now being used in over 100 countries worldwide. Joelene has a unique way of interacting with students and her friendly disposition ensures that she builds rapport with them quickly. In 2020, I proudly collaborated with Joelene to create a Job Application Workshop for educators entitled ‘Get The Edge’, and a Professional Learning experience entitled ‘The Summit’ which is a series of keynote presentations delivered by passionate educators and leaders in their respective fields.”
“I attended a Professional Development Workshop with several of my staff at UWA in 2018 which subsequently led to us inviting Joelene Lavrick to run her Mind Ninja program at our school. The impact of the program was profound with the strategies easily aligning with our whole school approach towards social and emotional development. Students have been able to use the Mind Ninja techniques regularly at school to improve confidence and resilience. One particular student, who has had a difficult time regulating emotions, described Joelene as one of the most influential people in her life. I recommend the Mind Ninja program and look forward to further collaborations with Life Lessons Global.”
“Joelene Lavrick has held a series of Mind Ninja workshops at Dardanup Primary School as part of an after-school program. We have received great feedback from students and their parents regarding the courses. Having previously had Joelene on my teaching staff over a span of 18 years, I have noted her enthusiasm for the social and emotional development of all of her students. She has been able to connect with, and support, some of the most challenged students and I can confidently endorse her services.”
“Miss Lavrick helped Kai develop strategies to acknowledge and manage his emotions. The lessons helped Kai to reframe his thoughts when feeling anxious and challenge some of his rigidity in his thinking around emotions due to his Autism diagnosis. Joelene developed a strong and responsive connection with Kai, gaining his trust and building his confidence. We can’t wait to continue working with Life Lessons Global.”
“Hi Joelene, I sincerely enjoyed your Mind Ninja workshop and watching you share your incredibly important message by weaving your magic, energy, passion, knowledge and skill into an amazing experience for every individual person who attended. I was in awe! You had distilled a huge body of information into a few core important principles and then you’ve simplified them in a powerful way to, not only help children, to hook into them, but also have them as memory joggers. How clever are you! I’m so lucky to have had the privilege of seeing a true professional in action… but more importantly, be reminded of the important life skills that everyone needs to maintain a healthy resiliency. Thank you so very much.”
“Thank you so much for running your Mind Ninja program so energetically with our senior classes. Jodie and I appreciate the planning and effort that you put into our sessions, especially the YouTube session which was above and beyond.
I can see that some of my kids have benefited already, are using some of your strategies and are keen to tell me when they do. Even an old dog like me learnt some new tricks!
I wish you every success with your sessions to help young people deal with anxiety and the feelings of inadequacy which is becoming more prevalent in our youth.”
I’m a year 1 teacher and have been using Mind Ninja during my health lessons. Yesterday a tired boy walked into class and was feeling a little down, missing mum and not wanting to start the school day. Without any prompting another student walked up to him and said “look up at the roof, it’s the stinking thinking bubble, let’s catch it and turn it into a smile”‘… these kids then continued to chase a bubble around the classroom all morning (ahah) but at least they were both smiling. The biggest changes come from the smallest things.
Thank you mind ninja
Hi Joelene, I’m so sorry for the delayed reply! We are absolutely loving this program and it couldn’t have some at a better time. We had to skip our session on Friday morning because we had so much on and the class voted to do it at the end of the day instead of game time!
I have even challenged them this weekend to try and change their Mum’s and Dad’s mindset on something. One of my little girls said that she was going to say it to her Mum when she’s getting ready to go out. We may have created a monster! Hahaha.
I will keep you up dated as we progress, Thank you so much for letting us join your program!
As a School Chaplain I am sometimes lost for ways to help the students who cone to me for Pastoral Care. This term I have been using Mind Ninja with a few students who have had problems with anxiety or other emotional regulation. All the students have really enjoyed the sessions and report having benefited from them. I have found the bite size chapters perfect and easy to relate to particular issues the students may have. The students respond quickly to Joelene’s lovely warm and engaging personality. One says she really enjoyed the special sound effects, another found the explanations easy to understand and a favorite
lesson was the one about realizing that in this moment No -Thing is wrong. I delight to see the students leave my office with a smile on their faces. Many thanks Joelene!
A Sample Lesson From Mind Ninja
Module 2: The Thought Catch
Year 3 Students Learn Skills To
Become Mind Ninjas
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Year 3 students were surprised in class with a visit by Ms Joelene Lavrick, the creator of the ‘Mind Ninja’ program which has been integrated into the Year 3 Health Program.
After attending one of Ms Lavrick’s Personal Development Days in March, Year 3 teacher, Mrs Claire Swart knew the Program would be beneficial for her students.
“It was too good of an opportunity to pass up really. COVID-19 made the students particularly anxious and uncertain about what was happening and I recognised a real need to build up their resiliency, hope and their coping strategies, so it was really the perfect thing I found at the perfect time,” said Mrs Swart.
Developed by Ms Lavrick to help younger students deal with anxiety, the Program aims to nurture positive mindsets and to teach them what to do so that they know how to develop an action plan when they face challenges instead of getting upset straight away.
“For my own life, I suffered with a lot of anxiety. I was a teacher for 20 years, and having a background in Psychology, I really was noticing that when I was teaching, what you cared most was about how the students were feeling so I developed a program to help them cope with their anxiety,” says Ms Lavrick.
The Year 3 students have been doing the Program since Term 2 and are near completion of the course. Already, Mrs Swart has seen significant improvements in the students’ mental health.
“Students are already beginning to identify when they can use what they have learnt. Because they are so easy to remember and use, they are building their toolbox of strategies. It calms them and gives them that grounding they need when they are nervous,” adds Mrs Swart.
When asked about future plans with the students when the Program is finished, Mrs Swart says, “The building of empathy and resilience forms part of our curriculum really, so it is just building on those skills then, looking for opportunities they can use and apply them in everyday life. So that is what I am hoping. I hope I have given them sufficient tools that they can employ in everyday situations.”
Mind Ninja will transform the way your students deal with their difficult thoughts and emotions filling them with confidence. They will be forever ready to accept new challenges with a range of strategies available to them. When they do get upset, they will understand that it is temporary and that it will be over soon. Life is full of ups and downs. My job is to ensure your students can manage and go through the difficult times so that they can enjoy more positive experiences at school and in life in general.
Life Lessons Global Presents
We also present workshops for parents explaining the Mind Ninja strategies for supporting children with feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness with a strong focus on self-esteem and resilience.
Bonus Course – The Summit:
Hour Of Power
Presented by Dr. Paul Swan, Alan Kidd, Shannon Wright and Dr. Gemma Foxall
Our class/school licences come with this incredible bonus Professional Development presentation for educators.
The Summit: Hour Of Power is a series of keynote presentations delivering the most significant/cutting edge material available to each presenter at the time of delivery.
Dr Paul Swan is one of Australia’s leading mathematicians providing PD for educators on a global scale. Teaching mathematics can seem overwhelming and stressful. If you are an educator wanting to take that stress out of teaching mathematics, Dr Paul Swan, has the answers with his outstanding presentation: SIMPLIFY. With a range of activities that you can take straight into the classroom, this course will supercharge your confidence and give you a sense of relief knowing that you are doing the right thing with your mathematics planning and teaching.
Alan Kidd is a veteran principal with over 37 years in education leading several high performing schools. We asked Alan to answer the following question in his keynote address: ‘And how do you know if you’re a good teacher?’ Alan answers the question in his moving presentation which will inspire all who have the privilege to see it. He explains what really counts when it comes to working in a school. Alan provokes self-reflection and self-development in this profound presentation that will leave you proud of your role as an educator with a strong focus for your future career.
Shannon Wright is the principal of Greenfields Primary School with a passion for Explicit Instruction and Student Engagement. Shannon’s presentation is entitled – ‘Explicit Instruction & Student Engagement: NAPLAN RESULTS?’ Shannon reports on how schools and educators can use explicit instruction and student engagement to create the best outcomes for all students. Shannon’s presentation is suitable for school admin teams along with frontline educators. The effective whole-school approaches that have made a huge difference for the students at Greenfields Primary are discussed in detail in your bonus program, The Summit: Hour Of Power.
Dr Gemma Foxall is an Adjunct Lecturer at Edith Cowan University and the Director of ACT for Autism. In her keynote address, Dr Gemma Foxall presents – ‘Supporting Autistic Learners: Six Steps For Success’. In this mind-blowing presentation, Gemma, explains what all educators need to know about supporting those on the Autism Spectrum and provides a series of practical steps which are essential for succeeding in the classroom. If you are writing IEPs, this course will explain EXACTLY what to include so that you can feel confident that you are moving in the right direction. If you’re an educator or school leader looking for cutting edge strategies for the social, emotional and academic success of your students and if you need to know what to do during a ‘meltdown’…Dr Gemma Foxall delivers the solutions in your bonus program, The Summit: Hour Of Power.
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What The Parents Say
“My girl has come along in leaps and bounds. Told she lacks confidence and won’t take risks at school, yet at home she’s a go getter, she’s now into parkour. If you know parkour, you know it’s not for the…
“This needs to be in schools full time as much as math and English! Mental and emotional health is crucial and in my eyes an absolute priority to healthy children and teens!! This is a fantastic program and I…
“I am sooooooo impressed with your course! It’s been a game changer for my 10 year old daughter who has always been an extreme worrier. This week she went to a performing Arts school programme…
“We are in the United States, so we bought the online mind ninja course. ABSOLUTELY MONEY WELL SPENT. Mrs. Lavrick is soooo gifted when it comes to communicating to elementary aged children…
“Hope you’re having an excellent day. Maybe my words are not enough to express how grateful I am with Mind Ninja. What an amazing tool you are sharing. I am from México, I have a 14 year old son…
“My girl has come along in leaps and bounds. Told she lacks confidence and won’t take risks at school, yet at home she’s a go getter, she’s now into parkour. If you know parkour, you know it’s not for the faint hearted. From her first lesson of running out crying, she’s become this dedicated, focused, determined girl who smashes the course and is now progressing to outside walls. She’s one of the youngest and one if two girls, yet has found a coach that is supportive and kids that encourage Schoolwise she was chosen this year to represent the school at junior council (each school selects two leaders and they meet once a month at council chambers to discuss local issues) where she did a speech in front of 20+ strangers. She’s also trying out for an athletics school for 2020 This is the shy girl that lacks confidence and blends in with the class. Nope this is the confident girl who had lost belief in herself, had not been supported at school and was ready to give up. We were so worried about her Miss lavrick helped her with strategies to cope, helped bring back her self belief and self worth and let her know she mattered Hearing it from mum isn’t enough. Sometimes they need someone else and miss lavrick was that person. We cannot thank her enough. We have our positive happy confident girl back, others see it, school is seeing it. She won’t be a statistic anymore! Thank you thank you thank you.”
“This needs to be in schools full time as much as math and English! Mental and emotional health is crucial and in my eyes an absolute priority to healthy children and teens!! This is a fantastic program and I pray programs like this become an essential part of the curriculum right through from kinder/prep to year 12! It’s sooo needed!”
“Hi there Joelene
I am so000000 impressed with your course! It’s been a game changer for my 10 year old daughter who has always been an extreme worrier This week she went to a performing Arts school programme for the holidays by herself without any friends going. PLUS this is the FIRST time she had ever wanted to go to on a school holiday programme. She doesn’t worry about going to school every Sunday night now She has an inner confidence that as I type this I’m actually overcome with emotion. It’s just so amazing Thank you Thank you Thank you for enabling her to find her confidence and enjoy the madness and joy of the world for what it is. I have bought every book under the sun and done parenting courses here in NZ but your course seems to have worked for her and for that I am eternally grateful. I have a very good friend who is a school teacher and we would love to offer this training to kids in NZ! would you look at licensing your learning to us to deliver to schools in NZ ??? I’d love to chat if you think that could be an option.
Either way, I think you’re amazing and this course you’ve innovated is right on par with what is needed out there. Thank you for making this available online keep up the amazing good work you must be changing people’s lives all over the world !!! YAHOO0000.”
“We are in the United States, so we bought the online mind ninja course. ABSOLUTELY MONEY WELL SPENT. Mrs. Lavrick is soooo gifted when it comes to communicating to elementary aged children. She’s darling, so upbeat and full of just wonderful information that I truly believe can help so many kids. She’s definitely fulfilling her purpose in life and I’m so grateful to have found her course. My daughter is 8 and has been very receptive to the content. We plan to complete the course several times and keep finding relevant ways to incorporate it into our daily lives. Thank you Life Lessons Global”
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Maybe my words are not enough to express how grateful I am with Mind Ninja. What an amazing tool you are sharing.
I am from México, I have a 14 year old son, he has been experiencing some anxiety, so this course just came like a miracle to us. We have been trying some strategies in the past but for some reason they were not working at all, but this course is just what we needed, so simply explained but so powerful. The message is just amazing.
Although my son understands the English language pretty well, sometimes I have to translate some information for him. I have been watching the videos and reading all the information in every chapter and I am learning everything about this course to explain to my boy in Spanish when needed.
We started doing one chapter per week as recommended, and as you said practice is important to reinforce the lesson. I couldn’t agree more about that.
So far he’s doing great. This is the first time he is not refusing to get involved in the practice, and I have to thank you for that. So by now we are taking baby steps, but going on is the most important thing.)
So thank you very very much Joelene for everything.”
Life Lessons Global
Life Lessons Global has a single mission at the very heart of everything we do: to develop and enhance the emotional fitness of children.
While working and training across the childhood (primary) education and psychology fields for over 20 years, one lesson has always remained constant: when children feel good about themselves and respond to others with kindness, they can achieve great things. It is with passion that we empower children, promote their self-esteem and teach them strategies to improve their emotional fitness and mind management.