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Transcript of Mindfulness
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a particular way of
purposefully bringing awareness to one's experience
. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and
noticing our experience without reacting.
What is Mindfulness?
Why does Mindfulness matter?
Social Emotional Learning Workshops throughout the year to promote the five SEL competencies:
This unit is focusing on mindfulness to promote self-management and self-awareness
Benefits of Mindfulness
• Better focus and concentration
• Increased sense of calm
• Decreased stress & anxiety
• Enhanced health
• Improved impulse control
• Increased self-awareness
• Skillful responses to difficult emotions
• Increased empathy and understanding of others
• Development of natural conflict resolution skills
Why it works?
Practicing “awareness in the moment” can
increase executive control
because it increases sensitivity in the brain to cues that signal the need for control.
(Teper, Segal & Inzlicht, 2013)
Model of the brain
Introduces physiological responses opposite stress-response system (Benson et al., 2000)
Hershey Kiss Activity
Rachel Arthur, Jacqueline Ong, and Brandi Pretlow
Brief History of Mindfulness
In 1979, John Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School
Recognized and demonstrated that mindfulness has healing benefits for adult patients suffering from chronic pain
Results: Patients experienced decrease in chronic pain, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
History of Mindfulness in Schools
Started in 2007 at Park Day School and an OUSD middle school as a 5-week pilot program
Successful results and has expanded to neighboring schools
In 2010 became independent nonprofit organization called Mindful Schools that provides resources and training to schools
Pair & Share
How do you feel physically? Mentally?
How do you imagine mindfulness practices would be helpful in your classroom?
How would you create student buy-in in your classroom?
Weekly staff meetings
Review new exercises
Feedback on previous exercise
Everyday In Classrooms
First period and Advisory mandatory implementation
Electronic copy of the exercises
Address your questions and concerns
There are always waves, sometimes big, sometimes small. Many people think the goal of meditation is to stop the waves so that the water will be flat, peaceful, and tranquil--but that is not so. The true spirit of mindfulness practice is illustrated by a [quote]… "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).
Why does mindfulness matter?
Let's take a listen!
(Mendelson et al., 2010)
(Black & Fernando, 2013)
Field trial in Richmond, CA elementary school found student improvement in:
participation in activities
caring/respect for others
Randomized Control Trial in Baltimore PS
Decreased involuntary stress responses (e.g., rumination, emotional arousal)
Let's take a look!