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Transcript of Why Mindfulness?
Chevy Chase Elementary School
PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership
Mrs. Jody Smith, Principal
Mrs. Karen Caroscio, Principal Intern
Mrs. Julie Quintana, Teacher
Mrs. Lauren Robinson, Counselor
Mrs. Laurie Manfreida, Counselor
Mrs. Laurie Cameron, PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership Consultant
Create Kindness On Purpose
What is Mindfulness?
Road Map & Stakeholders
Counseling Curriculum Based on Core Principles of Mindfulness
First Principle: Body
Help students better understand their thoughts and how to mindfully cope with intense emotion.
“Stop, Breathe, Choose”
“Tool box” conflict resolution strategies
• Kindness, compassion, and empathy
Third Principle: Heart
Second Principle: Mind/Thoughts
Basics of mindful breathing and relaxation
Write a kind adjective, characteristic, or phrase about our colleague on the paper behind them.
How would this make you feel?
In The Classroom
Neuroscience of Emotion Regulation (PFC and Amygdala Circuitry)
“The awareness that arises from
in the present moment,
Fight, flight or freeze
The Neurobiology of
Neurons that fire together wire together: we can use our mind to change our brain
What Does It Look & Sound Like?
Increased attention, focus and concentration
Increased emotional regulation
Present in the here and now
Able to be responsive versus reactive
Increased abilities to be creative, resourceful & collaborative
Reduced stress, improved sleep and well-being
Benefits of Mindfulness
Ongoing practice - not a quick fix
Pay attention to your
Open-minded observation, seeing without judging
Experiment- use everything as a wisdom lab
Ask your team leadership to lead the way
CHEVY CHASE VISION
The path to excellence is paved with effective effort.
Chevy Chase Elementary School is a unique learning community of students, parents and staff that achieves a standard of excellence through
, meaningful work, collaboration, perseverance,
Mindfulness is good for our bodies: A seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
Benefits in school
Research on compassion
Just Like Me
Cog. & Emotional Reg.
& the Insula
Stop, Breathe, Choose
PFC & Amygdala Hijack
Sending Kind Thoughts
Teacher Self-Practice, Classroom Practice,
Goal Setting & Reflection
CCES Mindfulness Roadmap 2014-2015
We often ask students to "pay attention," but we don't teach them how to. Mindfulness does.
Student and Teacher Voice Survey from SIP Goals
4 Quarter CCES Mindful School Program
Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
You have to make the choice to build your own capacity as a leader first. Practice, practice, practice and then model, model, model.