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Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools

Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
What are the similarities and differences between mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL)? How do the two approaches converge or collide? How might integrating mindfulness amplify the effects of existing SEL programs?
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Mindfulness benefits teachers and students.
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Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's Benefit for Mindful Schools: The Role of Mindfulness in Education

This is a recording of "The Role of Mindfulness in Education", a benefit for Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org) by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at UC Berkeley'
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Jon Kabat-Zinn is always worth the focus it takes to really listen.

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2016 BIENNIAL: Abject/Object Empathies | Cornell Council for the Arts

2016 BIENNIAL: Abject/Object Empathies | Cornell Council for the Arts | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

The 2016 CCA Biennial focus is on the cultural production of empathy. The upcoming biennial will address the ways in which feeling is form and explore how the objects, buildings, clothing, machines, languages, and images we construct are shaped by our intentional or implicit emotional, interdependent relationship to others.

 

Whether by framing a connection that already exists or by providing the condition for new connections, what we create can either merely extend our own personal desires, goals, and directives, or can alternatively function as a bridge between who I am and who you are so that aesthetic experiences are interdependent, collaboratively generated and inherently reciprocal.

 

RACE & EMPATHY PROJECT
Inspired by existing oral history archives and student-focused social justice initiatives, this project, conceptualized by Human Development faculty Corrina Loeckenhoff and Anthony Burrow in collaboration with Francois Guimbretiere (Information Science) and Cornell's Intergroup Dialogue Project, aims to record, archive, and share the everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy or the ability to identify and understand the feelings of someone of a different race or ethnicity.

 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Empathy, essential to a mindful education.

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Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools

Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill

I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states.

 

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.

As you probably have heard, mindfulness has been linked to a range of positive effects and is being integrated into medicine,2 mental health3 and education.4 Here, I address two important questions:

 

First, what’s the relationship between mindfulness and empathy?

 

Second, can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

 

Written by Matthew Brensilver


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Empathy is a fundamental element of mindful teaching and learning.

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Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
The lost art of learning to "stand in a place where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could."
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Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn

Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

"In our society, we seem to worship talent — and we often portray it as a gift. Now we can see that this is not motivating to our students."

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When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

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Here's a challenge:  Read this research start to finish.

Then think about your beliefs regarding teaching and learning. 

Does this change you?

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When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

Jan Ross's curator insight, March 21, 9:35 AM

When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

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GUIDED 10-MINUTE MEDITATION WITH ANDY PUDDICOMBE

Click here to join Andy Puddicombe as he guides you through a ten-minute meditation, part of his "TAKE TEN" program. For more, read his book GET SOME HEADSPACE.
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10 minutes a day to help your students become more mindful?


Surely you can find 10 minutes in a class day for HEADSPACE? What if you found that mindfullness allowed you to save 10 minutes a day of doing behavior discipline?  Nice trade out. 

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I've been doing the Take Ten program and find it a fun and effective way to APP my way back into medication.  The APP is HEADSPACE and it's working for me! 

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Implementing a School-Wide Mindfulness Program

Implementing a School-Wide Mindfulness Program | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
What should you do if you are a school counselor, administrator, principal, or teacher interested in bringing mindfulness programming to your whole school? What are best practices and sound strategy to design and implement mindfulness effectively throughout your school?
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Here's help planning your mindful school concepts.

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"Happy" Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb

"Happy" Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.

Via Beth Dichter, Ruth Virginia Barton
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This site was recommended by Ruth Burton.  I taught middle school for 15 years and the insights found here make great sense to me. 

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Devon Clarke's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:44 PM

When it comes to adolescents brain development in our western society today we can rely on school systems to play a large role in this. In this article is talks about how cooperative work groups in middle schools are the best ways for children to learn (Willis, 2012). I found this article to relate very closely to an academic journal I read comparing social development in pre schoolers in a values education program (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263). In the experiment of the academic journal researches found that children put into the values education program had better social development and less behavioural issues  (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263).  Even though this article of cooperative groups deals with middle schools students, it proves to say that cooperative learning groups gets all children involved, and forms for the greatest  levels of conceptual learning  (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263). In the text book Exploring Psychology in Modules, they state that day care is an area that has a huge impact on a child's development (Myers & Myers, 2008, p. 148). As Whetten stated, good quality child care is a warm and stimulations place for children, and poor child care is boring for this children making them unresponsive (Myers & Myers, 2008, p. 149). From these three articles you can see that schooling for children plays a huge role in brain development, and it is important to make sure they are in a good environment. Thought the author of this article, Judy Willis did not use a lot of scientific reasoning and proof in her article I found her findings and background to be very impressive. It would have made the article a little bit better if she would have added in some statistics to back up her reasoning about cooperative groups (Willis, 2012). A possible diverse group that would be effected through cooperative learning are kids from other countries who do not speak the foreign language. If a child was put into a cooperative group and was not able to converse with the other children it could possibly lead to negative outcomes for that student. 


Sources:


Myers, D. G., & Myers, D. G. (2008). Exploring psychology in modules. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

 

Willis, J. (2012, September 14). Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb. Retrieved from http://www.middleweb.com/2847/how-to-build-happy-brains/


Dereli-İman, E. (2014). The Effect of the Values Education Programme on 5.5-6 year old children’s social development: social skills, psycho-social development and social problem solving skills. Kuram Ve Uygulamada Eğitim Bilimleri, 14(1), 262-268. 

Ruth Virginia Barton's curator insight, February 13, 2015 11:08 AM

Supportive middle school teaching strategies like cooperative learning, class celebrations, and community-school collaborations lower stress and increase resilience in students and create HAPPY MIDDLE-SCHOOL BRAINS, neuro-imaging shows.

Ana María Hurtado's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:16 AM

Of course, they do! 

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Mindfulness In Schools - For the flourishing of young minds

Mindfulness In Schools - For the flourishing of young minds | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

.b [dot-be], is the name for the range of courses created by the
Mindfulness in Schools Project, a non-profit organisation whose aim is
to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness
in schools.

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Mindfulness in schools is an international movement. Every educator knows you need a safe place to learn.  Here's a way to teach your students how to make that safe place for themselves.

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Online Certificate: Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Online Certificate: Social-Emotional Learning in Schools | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

Helping Educators Create Schools of Positive Culture, Climate and Character.

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Interesting.  I think it's an excellent idea.  I'm surprised that Rutger's identified this as a market with enough potential to warrant a certificate program. 


Thanks to Ruth Barton for bringing this to my attention.   It really helps us see what's going on in the online certificate field.


The potential good this kind of training could do in public schools is tremendous (if the training is well done and effective). 


My biggest question regards the audience for this certificate.  School Admin isn't the most adventurous demographic.  I wonder if it will fly?


Regardless,  I hope  there is a teacher with a vision at the heart of this.  So much good can come from schools that are safe, nurturing learning environments! 


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How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning - InformED

How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning - InformED | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

By Saga Briggs:


"It’s no secret that social and emotional well-being can directly influence academic outcomes. When we are in tune with our emotions, we pay attention to the right things and make sound decisions; when we fail to manage our feelings, our thinking becomes impaired. Many of us have been incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into our lesson plans for years. So what’s the deal with this “mindfulness” movement we keep hearing so much about?


First off, mindfulness is not a replacement for social-emotional learning; it’s one strategy that supports it. Goals of SEL cover everything from self-management and independent growth to communication with and respect toward others. Practising mindfulness is one way to achieve these goals, along with other strategies like community service, collaborative learning, and exercises in emotional awareness. But unlike other strategies, mindfulness has the power to effect change in any setting, at any time, with or without the presence of others.


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SEL =  Social-emotional learning. 

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Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century

Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Without Borders' Mindfulness Ambassador Council (MAC) program is a series of 8-12 themed lessons that provide students with the leadership and life skills to navigate their daily challenges and thrive. Each lesson explores tools for increasing self-awareness, reducing stress and anxiety, and developing healthy social-emotional behaviors.
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Follow your mind and your heart. 

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Smiling Mind - Home

Smiling Mind - Home | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

Smiling Mind is a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.

Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.

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This Australian based meditation site is attractive. Try a session?

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What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani

What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Whether they call it 20 Time or Genius Hour, more teachers are carving out regular chunks of instructional time to let students pursue their passions.
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Thought provoking approach.  How do classroom teachers break out of the 'cells and bells' structures of traditional schools?  20% time appeals!

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Schools Increasingly Emphasize Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards

Schools Increasingly Emphasize Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Eight states will work cooperatively with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to create and implement plans to draft statewide social-emotional learning standards and policies.

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Dr. Rick Hanson speaking at the Neuroplasticity and Education conference - October 25, 2013

Dr. Rick Hanson speaking at the Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection conference presented by the Eaton Educational Group at th
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Presentations for Educators.  Self Directed Neuroplasticity.

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#YouCanLearnAnything

#YouCanLearnAnything | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Last Friday, I participated in a Leadership Learning Team meeting with other educators in our school board.  It was a great opportunity to think about the way we teach, and we were challenged to share this learning with others.
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Here's one teacher's story. I love the hashtag.
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Here's one teacher's story. I love the hashtag.

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Here's one teacher's story. I love the hashtag.

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Here's one teacher's story. I love the hashtag.
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Brainology Program - Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.

Brainology Program - Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Brainology is an online interactive program in which middle school students learn about how the brain works, how to strengthen their own brains, and how to better approach their own learning. In the process they develop a growth mindset whereby they think of their intelligence as something they can develop through study and learning rather than as something fixed, as explained by our co-founder Dr. Carol Dweck.
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Mindful education seeks helps students understand their minds and their bodies.  The Brainology Program may be one of the keys to changing how we grow up (at any age). 

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Mindful education seeks helps students understand their minds and their bodies.  The Brainology Program may be one of the keys to changing how we grow up (at any age). 

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Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth

Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
We are constantly reminded that we live in a different world these days, and the challenges facing our children are daunting: bullying, obesity, technology, in addition to more longstanding problems like poverty and racial/ethnic discrimination. Fortunately, we also live in an age of unprecedented research and clinical support for the potential of mindfulness and compassion to support all of us in meeting the challenges we face in the 21st century. The Bridging Conference has a history of bringing together leaders in the field and this year those experts will focus on sharing what is being done already and where there is promise and possibility for the future. We invite you to join us and learn together as we build this community of dedicated and talented professionals, parents and kids.
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TEACH BREATHE LEARN: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness

TEACH BREATHE LEARN: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it

Elena Aquilar: Once in a while, a resource comes along that is so invaluable to our work as educators that I have to share it with you. Meena Srinivasan's new book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom, is such a resource. It speaks to a yearning I hear across our country: a desire to teach and work in a way that is anchored in joy, emerging from compassion, and that is more humane and slower than the way we work now.

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One teacher's experience is a fine way to understand the mindful approach to teaching and learning.


Teaching stories reach the heart and the head. 

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Five Simple Steps to Learn Mindfulness That Really Work

Five Simple Steps to Learn Mindfulness That Really Work | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Fifteen years ago a colleague dragged me to a Mindfulness Training for mental health professionals. At that time, mindfulness was not considered a fully valid concept in psychology.

As a psychologist who valued science, I viewed it as nothing other than new age, mystical hippy nonsense. I anticipated a flaky conference, and I was not disappointed. At one point, they had us all stand up and mill about aimlessly while humming for 20 minutes. Then we had to ask and answer some very personal questions with the strangers next to us.

Ugh.
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Nice list of psych research into mindfulness.

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▶ Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset, Embracing Failure, and Middle East Peace - Inside Quest - YouTube

Published on Jun 17, 2015Tom Bilyeu sits down with bestselling author and award-winning psychologist Carol Dweck to discuss why you shouldn’t praise intelligence, how to think like a novice again, and how the Growth Mindset could eventually bring peace to the Middle East. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/vCwjNrELXIcFind your Passion. Evolve your Mindset. Grow with us.Discussed in this interview:1. Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development by Carol Dweck: http://quest.to/SelfTheories2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck: http://quest.to/mindset3. Tom's Essential Reading List: http://quest.to/TomList4. Start with Why by Simon Senek: http://quest.to/startwhy5. Carol's TED Talk: http://quest.to/CarolTED6. Tom's Throwback Thursdays: http://quest.to/TomIG
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Carol Sweck, a respected Stanford professor has the research credibility to get my attention. 

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Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management (Mindfulness) Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout

Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management (Mindfulness) Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
EDUC 664 Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
September 28 - December 4, 2015
Tuition and Registration
Instructor: Dr. Brian McAlister
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This might be the right time and place for you to learn more about mindful classrooms and the benefits they deliver to both students and teachers. 

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Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds | Mindful Education: Learning to Breathe | Scoop.it
Founded by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison is a global leader in conducting novel research that has revolutionized how we understand the mind, our emotions, and how to nurture well-being for ourselves and others.
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How do neuroscience and compassion connect? 


Profoundly. 

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