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MindUp 2014

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Transcript of MindUp 2014

Amygdala
(reactive)

Regulates our emotional state by acting as the brain's "security guard", protecting us from potential threats.

(Flight, Fight, Freeze)
http://audioboo.fm/boos/1184917-sophie-gratitude
http://audioboo.fm/boos/1184913-keira-mindful-breathing
Hippocampus

Storage vault of memory and learning

Prefrontal Cortex
(reflective)

The learning, reasoning, and thinking center of the brain. Highly evolved area. Controls our decision making, focuses our attention, and allows us to read, write, compute, analyze, predict, comprehend, and interpret.


Integration
Students learn about neuroscience and how their brain works
Neuroplasicity:

We can change the structure of our brains and even our behavior at any age just by intentionally focusing our attention. We can actually create new neural connections and prune old ones.
Focus on breathing (The Core Practice):

~supports strong functioning of the higher brain.
~lessens anxiety
~gives control to conscious thought
~enables mindful behavior...helps us to become less reactive and more reflective

There IS time
to foster a mindful, connected,
engaged community.

Doing so actually gives us time back.
“Mindfulness and education are beautifully interwoven. Mindfulness is about being present with and to your inner experience as well as your outer environment, including other people. When teachers are fully present, they teach better. When students are fully present, the quality of their learning is better. It’s a “win-win” equation that can transform teaching, learning, and the educational landscape.”
~Stephen Viola, Ph.D.
Director, Transition to Teaching Program
University of Missouri-St. Louis



MindUp: 15 lessons

Topics, as with any other SEL learning, become truly integrated into your class community.
I.Getting Focused
-Brain Function
-Mindful Awareness
-Focused awareness: Core Breathing Practice

II. Sharpening Your Senses
-Mindful Listening, Seeing, Smelling, Tasting, Moving

III. Attitude:
-Perspective taking
-Optimism
-Appreciation of Happy Experiences

IV. Taking Action Mindfully
-Expressing Gratitude
-Acts of Kindness
-Taking Mindful Action in the World
Research is pointing towards
Mindfulness practice being the missing link
in SEL programs as many children are simply unable to access the tools we are teaching them because their brains are often not in a state to do so.
MindUp
Dedicating time to self
and class care
actually gives you back time.
MindUp Curriculum
What does mindfulness look like in our classrooms?
MindUp Implementation Time Line

2012-2013: Four teachers learned about the program and made a request to purchase the materials to try in their classrooms.

Jan., 2013: Keri Zurlini, kindergarten teacher and Jim Skoog wrote a grant to the CSF in the amount of $6,700.00 for training and materials

April-May, 2013: Held a few informal meetings with the four teachers and others who were interested in learning more about mindful practices

July-August, 2013: Summer reading for teachers –
10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn: Giving Our Children--and Ourselves--the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives

Plan for training and purchasing of materials: Materials arrived mid-summer

Sept., 2013: Half-Day training for all teachers provided by a MindUp trainer

March, 2014: Follow-up training session for teachers provided by a MindUp trainer and an evening parent workshop with the trainer

Bringing mindfulness to our students
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