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Stand Up Kid, Stand Up Teacher - talking about mental health in a school | Time To Change

Stand Up Kid, Stand Up Teacher - talking about mental health in a school | Time To Change | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it
As a ‘Time-to-change’ Champion you get to have many interesting conversations with lovely people, usually one to one, but every so often you get a wonderful opportunity to talk to groups.
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Macy Gray - Beauty In The World Lyrics - YouTube

“Lyrics (Today's Mental Health Awareness Week daily tip: be mindful! http://t.co/k4xprUSr2y @WpgMentalHealth)”
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13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day

13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it
“It may have started as a trend among Silicon Valley tech companies, but mindfulness seems to be here to stay for all of us. 2014 has been called the "year of mindful living," and in the past several months, mindfulness has made headline...”
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Meditation found to increase brain size

Meditation found to increase brain size | Moving Mindful Students | 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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Linda Stone: Technologies to Support the Essential Self

Linda Stone: Technologies to Support the Essential Self | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it

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Peter Skillen's curator insight, May 1, 2014 7:46 AM

This is a wonderful Media Lab presentation by Linda Stone—who coined the term Continuous Partial Attention back in the 90s. She's done a lot of research on the relationship between mind and body particularly as it applies to technology use. She also speaks of using technologies to help guide us in supporting our mind and body 'becoming friends'. 

Very nice piece that is consonant with much other mindfulness research related to the breath, attention and states of flow.

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How to Achieve a Mindful State (Fast) Using Your Breath

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“Want to quieten your inner voice & come into the present moment? Learn how to achieve a mindful state and relieve stress and anxiety, fast.”
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7 Apps to remind you to be mindful

7 Apps to remind you to be mindful | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it
“For an entrepreneur, fighting one crisis after another becomes a habit, which could limit his ability to think creatively. Mindfulness is an answer.”
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The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

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“Use research-based coping strategies to overcome your fears (RT @truenorthcr: The #SixBest Ways to #Decrease Your #Anxiety | #Psychology Today http://t.co/jLITADbbZB #Mental #Health)...”
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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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Peter Skillen's curator insight, March 1, 2013 10:25 AM

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

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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Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It

Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it

"By catering to diminished attention, we are making a colossal and unconscionable mistake. The world is a complex and subtle place, and efforts to understand it and improve it must match its complexity and subtlety. We are treating as unalterable a characteristic that can be changed. Yes, there is no point in publishing a long article if no one will read it to the end. The question is, what does it take to get people to read things to the end?

The key point for teachers and principals and parents to realize is that maintaining attention is a skill. It has to be trained, and it has to be practiced. If we cater to short attention spans by offering materials that can be managed with short attention spans, the skill will not develop. The “attention muscle” will not be exercised and strengthened. It is as if you complain to a personal trainer about your weak biceps and the trainer tells you not to lift heavy things. Just as we don’t expect people to develop their biceps by lifting two-pound weights, we can’t expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets, 200-word blog posts, or 300-word newspaper articles."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, September 23, 2013 5:36 PM

I have one very small but very important difference with the thesis of this article. Where the author says "we can't expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets..." I would insert the word "just," as in "we can't expect them to develop their attention just by reading 140-character tweets..." Attention and attentional skills are vulnerable and trainable along a spectrum of infotentional situations. And 18 minute videos about big ideas are a legitimate form of cultural expression, with a legitimate place on that spectrum. Where I do agree with the author is with his main prescription -- yes, I require my students to blog and tweet. I also expect them to spend hours each week reading longer and often considerably complex texts.

Peter Skillen's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:22 AM

I like Howard Rheingold's comment about this article.

"I have one very small but very important difference with the thesis of this article. Where the author says "we can't expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets..." I would insert the word "just," as in "we can't expect them to develop their attention just by reading 140-character tweets..." Attention and attentional skills are vulnerable and trainable along a spectrum of infotentional situations. And 18 minute videos about big ideas are a legitimate form of cultural expression, with a legitimate place on that spectrum. Where I do agree with the author is with his main prescription -- yes, I require my students to blog and tweet. I also expect them to spend hours each week reading longer and often considerably complex texts."

 

I agree that we need to focus on developing these attention skills - not just in school - but also in positive 'out of school' circumstances. I think of some of the individual sports in which I have been involved - either directly or through family members. As an avid rock climber in earlier days, I used to reflect on how in the 'zone' I could be - just how I could enter that 'state of flow' that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi espouses. I needed to very much 'attend' to the task at hand - not just for obvious reasons of safety!  In fact, the more I attended to the rockwall problem in front of me, the more successful I was in achieving the climb. If I let my attention wander, then success often eluded me.  (Mihaly would likely agree with me on this one - as he was also a climber in his younger days!)

 

Rigorous work or play exercises the attention muscle. Go for it.

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Why children's mental health matters - The News Journal

Why children's mental health matters - The News Journal | Moving Mindful Students | Scoop.it
“GroundReport Why children's mental health matters The News Journal At least 1 in 5 children and adolescents has had, or is experiencing, a mental health challenge according to national studies.”
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