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Understanding the role of 'mindfulness' in schools & society - from metacognition to meditation - particularly in this era of social media
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International Handbook of Metacognition and Lea...

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RT @SpringerEdu: International Handbook of #Metacognition and #Learning Technologies by R Azevedo, V Aleven is now on #SpringerLink http://t.co/SOuiye17UB (International Handbook of Metacognition and Learning Technologies - Springer | @scoopit via...
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Looks to be a good read! Might have to get this one! 

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Metacognition

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Thanks @BealsyLaura for sharing link to this resource from GAINS: http://t.co/Fcil4x2mGV”; love video about learning goals and metacogition
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Are Stories the Key to Engaging Girls in Science?

Are Stories the Key to Engaging Girls in Science? | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
If we want to change the rate at which we're engaging girls in science -- and do it better -- should we mix STEM subjects with the humanities?
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Love this bit...regarding storytelling and its impact on cognition, emotion and behaviour. 

Also the last point supports the notion that when we 'think of an action in the real world', it isn't our visual cortex that lights up - but our motor cortex.

 

"Research has shown that storytelling activates the brain beyond mere word recognition.  In 2006, researchers in Spain discovered that stories stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life. Last year, a team of researchers from Emory University reported in Brain & Language that similes and metaphors can activate sensory portions of the brain, and the Laboratory of Language Dynamics in France discovered that action words can stimulate the motor cortex."

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Every bit of you contributes to your learning experience

Every bit of you contributes to your learning experience | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to learning, everything matters - epecially the tips of your toes. 'Human learning is the combination of processes throughout a lifetime whereby the whole person - body (genetic, phys...
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I love this post because it acknowledges the complexity and interwoven fabric of the whole that is each of us. Cognitive science is revealing that which philosophers and artists have shared for centuries.

 

It reminds me of a post I wrote called "I'm Confused! Thought I was a Social Constructivist". In it, I stated that I have traveled the path of behaviourism, constructivism, cognitivism, social constructivism, contructionism, social constructionism, intentional learning theory, connectivism — now I am a ‘pot pourri of ponderings’. 

 

http://theconstructionzone.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/im-confused-thought-i-was-a-social-constructionist/

 

The graphic is an awesome visual summary.

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You’ll Probably Never Upload Your Mind Into A Computer

You’ll Probably Never Upload Your Mind Into A Computer | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Many futurists predict that one day we'll upload our minds into computers, where we'll romp around in virtual reality environments. That's possible — but there are still a number of thorny issues to consider.
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Some great points to consider if we educate students following a traditional 'brain as computer' model. This article summarizes some of the differences. 

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How to Actually Practice Multi-Tasking

How to Actually Practice Multi-Tasking | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Multi-tasking can be done effectively if it involves simple tasks that operate on completely different channels in our brain. For example, listening to the news while folding laundry.

Via Howard Rheingold
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What I find interesting is the work Benjamin Bergen describes in Louder Than Words. http://www.louderthanwordsbook.com/ People often ask can we multitask as if there is a 'yes' or 'no' answer. Clearly, situations matter. Bergen points to research that suggests if we visualize or imagine certain activities - like hitting a baseball - the same regions of the brain are activated and engaged as if we were actually hitting that baseball. So even though we might expect the visual region to light up because we are 'seeing' something in our mind's eye, it is actually a motor region that is engaged. This, therefore, impacts our multitasking abilities for another 'motor' task. --> I love the rich texture of these ideas.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:38 PM

"Task-layering" appears to be a kind of multi-tasking that works -- as opposed to the kind that degrades performance on each of the tasks we try to accomplish simultaneously.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:25 AM

Hmmmm. 

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Meditation found to increase brain size

Meditation found to increase brain size | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains.
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Mike Rose on Cognition!

Mike Rose on Cognition! | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Before I forget. Once again Mike Rose opens my eyes and clears my mind of the nonsense that accumulates when I’m not looking! “Giving Cognition a Bad Name”, Education Week, Januar...
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I'm looking forward to Deborah Meier's take on this (although I have some guesses!) - “I believe strongly that students need good, solid foundation skills and a wide range of experiences before they can think critically."

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view . . . we are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.
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An old idea presented freshly - as we are seeing with many constructs!

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News and Thoughts: The Unintended Effects of Our Technology Choices

News and Thoughts: The Unintended Effects of Our Technology Choices | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

We all need to understand not only the obvious but also the subtle sometimes almost imperceptible ways in which the nature and capabilities of our technology choices sculpt our behavior.


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Middle Schools: Social, Emotional, and Metacognitive Growth

Middle Schools: Social, Emotional, and Metacognitive Growth | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Mindfulness in Schools: Building Resiliency in Kids (VIDEO)

Mindfulness in Schools: Building Resiliency in Kids (VIDEO) | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
There's a wonderful surge that's happening in the world of mindfulness right now and its movement into the schools with children.
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Mindfulness for Schools

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Mindfulness for Schools is a PSHE resource in line with the National Healthy Schools Programme. The syllabus stands on its own; however it has links with Science, PE, RE, Philosophy, Psychology, English and Citizenship.
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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | MindShift

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | MindShift | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might (RT @MindShiftKQED: How does multitasking affect the way kids learn?
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Although this is a very complex issue - and one that is getting a great deal of attention these days - in some ways it is a 'no brainer'.  At the risk of simplifying it, each of us has a certain amount of mental energy to allocate. It saddens me when kids, in particular, "have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts".

 

Instead of 'multitasking' with unused mental effort, I want kids to choose to direct the extra mental effort back into the task itself… evaluating effectiveness, determining better strategies, reflecting on generalizations to other similar, or different, domains.  ‘How am I doing?’ ‘What could I do differently next time?’ ‘How can I kick it up a notch?’ Thus they are reinvesting all your efforts into maximizing performance and generalizable skills.

 

More here in Can Students Multitask?

http://theconstructionzone.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/can-students-multitask/

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Marcia Powell's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:37 AM

Double-edged sword here.  Kids are tied into the need for community so tightly that anxiety can result if they do not have access to their digital devices.  I make certain that kids are on-task by frequent walk-throughs, and conversations that promote respect among the student and myself.  I also realize that the relevancy of my class becomes paramount, so I encourage the kids to tweet or document moments in the classroom using digital platforms.  Students who do not have cell phones need to be tied in as well, using the laptops I have available, or a Kindle or ipod touch.   All students have access to digital devices and it creates opportunities to talk about appropriate usage.

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Education Conferences, Brain Based Learning, Professional Development For Teachers

Education Conferences, Brain Based Learning, Professional Development For Teachers | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Leading providers of brain based learning education conferences and professional development for teachers. (RT @amishijha: Will be speaking about curbing mind wandering and strengthening attention w mindfulness training.Join me May 4!
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Learning and the Brain definitely runs some great events. Wish I could just be on the 'conference circuit' -- attending, chatting, dreaming and drifting.

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The Science of Passion Based Learning

The Science of Passion Based Learning | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Teacher educator Peter Skillen reflects on the role of passion in learning, highlighting the research and reminding us that emotion energizes the brain. Mesmerize!
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I'd be somewhat remiss if I didn't 'scoop' my own post to Scoop.it!! LOL 

 

But it is important to note:

I love that I was challenged for not elaborating on when to memorize and when to mesmerize!  I avoided that for this post. ;-)

 

Just really wanted to make the point that passion-based learning isn't all about motivation or engagement. It lights up cognitive processes that support the construction of new schema - throughout the mind/body.

 

(Also: I get to meet Eleanor Duckworth this summer at Constructing Modern Knowledge - http://constructingmodernknowledge.com Woohoo!)

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What Works: A Road Map for Unleashing Empathy in Schools

What Works: A Road Map for Unleashing Empathy in Schools | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

"Over the last several months, those of us at Start Empathy – along with a core group of Ashoka Fellows, leading educators and partners – have worked to identify, distill, and categorize dozens of promising empathy building insights and activities. In short, we’ve been asking people: “What works?”

What we’ve received ranges from simple tips to group problem solving exercises to teacher training guides, and they all help advance our central goal: unleashing empathy as both an input and output of our education system.

Now we’ve compiled them into our “here’s stuff that works” guide, which we’re calling the Empathy Road Map. It’s by no means a comprehensive picture but rather a strong first step. It’s meant to be a living document – one that our community helps us enhance and refine over time."

 

By Start Empathy


Via Edwin Rutsch
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When I speak of being 'mindful' in education, there are three major components I consider:

- meditative mindfulness

- metacognitive awareness & skill, and

- being 'mindful of our surrounds'.

 

This work on empathy certainly aligns with the latter.

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Become a Vygotskian!

Become a Vygotskian! | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
His revolutionary ideas create a psychology of possibility and transformation
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Many of us are familiar with Vygotsky's influence in the area of 'social cognition' - but this is the section that stands out for me - especially these days as I am even more fascinated with the impact of emotion on cognition - and, of course, of cognition on emotion.

"Vygotsky’s approach was monistic and wholistic. To him, human intellect and human emotion are a unified process, not two separate and distinct human systems that compete with each other."

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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's ...
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Folks, check out MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) - a lifestyle worth cultivating in your students.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:52 PM

What would happen if we could find a place for mindfulness in our classrooms, schools, and district offices? #energizedleader

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Your brain online

Your brain online | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Being plugged in feels like being more productive. But while technology makes us masters at multi-tasking, other skills may fade away
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A recap of some research related to 'attention', neuroplasticity, 'multitasking' and today's media. For other thoughts, read "It's Not About the Tool" - A Naive Myth http://bit.ly/jhmtR5

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Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Video on TED.com

TED Talks When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking?
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When I was twenty, I became a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation -- it is a practice I love - but have not maintained over the years. It used to be seen, in our western society, as pretty flaky - but now that it is being embraced by our western neuroscientists, it might gain some traction. It is time. :-)

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Applied Ethics and Mindful Education | An initiative from the Plum Village family

Applied Ethics and Mindful Education | An initiative from the Plum Village family | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
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What Exactly is Embodied Cognition? | The Psych Files Podcast

What Exactly is Embodied Cognition? | The Psych Files Podcast | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
What you think you know about embodied cognition is wrong. There is a lot of talk and a lot of research about embodiment, but listen to one of the top researchers tell you what it is - and what it is not.
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Michael Britt's comment, November 2, 2012 9:23 AM
Thanks for scooping my episode Peter. Appreciate it.
Peter Skillen's comment, November 2, 2012 9:30 AM
My pleasure. Great piece. I know that John Seely Brown thinks a great deal about this as well. I am going to point this episode out to him.
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Mindful Schools In-Class Instruction

This video, which includes selections from the upcoming documentary entitled "Mindful Kids," shows the Mindful Schools in-class instruction program in action...
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Mindfulness in Schools

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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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