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Brandi Pretlow

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Transcript of Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Schools
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a particular way of
paying attention
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.

Research Studies
Mindfulness Activity
What is Mindfulness?
Why does Mindfulness matter?
Mindfulness Practice
Implementation Plan
Social Emotional Learning Workshops throughout the year to promote the five SEL competencies:
Social awareness
Responsible decision-making
Relationship skills

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

Let's Practice!
Butterfly Breathing
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?
Implementation Plan
Weekly staff meetings
Review new exercises
Feedback on previous exercise

Everyday In Classrooms
First period and Advisory mandatory implementation

Regular e-mails
Electronic copy of the exercises
Address your questions and concerns
Celebrate successes
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).
Mindfulness Practices


Guided relaxation
Breathing exercises
Walking meditation
Body scans

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:
paying attention
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!
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