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Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights

Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it

An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education. Collected by the Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley.

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Mindfulness In Schools - For the flourishing of young minds

Mindfulness In Schools - For the flourishing of young minds | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is a non-profit organisation teaching secular mindfulness to pupils, teachers and parents using the .b (dot-be) courses, which are educational resources to enable the teaching of mindfulness in schools.
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Michelle: A project in the UK based upon research out of Exeter and Cambridge Universities on mindfulness in education.

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10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids - Left Brain Buddha

10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids - Left Brain Buddha | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is good for us, AND good for our children. Get started with these strategies to teach mindfulness to kids!
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Neila: This article has some wonderful lessons to share with younger folks and many links  and scripts to use for yourself and others.

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The "Restorative Niche" and Constructive Rest

The "Restorative Niche" and Constructive Rest | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
I recently read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I found it an absolutely fascinating read and one that resonated with me personally. I most definite...
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Neila : I too, just finished reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Brian Little a Canadian and  former Harvard professor coined the term 'restorative niche' and I love stealing it. Restorative niches are  like placing the oxygen mask on yourself before you can offer anyone else your energy and help. Strive to practice self-care and self-compassion by carving out your own daily restorative recess at school.

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Race to Nowhere: The Film, The Movement

Race to Nowhere: The Film, The Movement | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Bring an urgent conversation about education to your home and community. Race to Nowhere Home & Educational DVDs now available. Join the nationwide campaign for healthy children and thriving students.
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Michelle: This looks interesting- discusses students that are "pushed to the brink by over-scheduling.... and the relentless pressure to achieve."  I will see if we can get a copy for the library. Thanks for sharing.

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
South Korea is infamous for it’s insanely intense schools. “Someone looking in from other countries seeing these amazing kids, doing amazing things and achieving great results would think, ‘Wow, why can't our kids be like this?’” says Ms. Bremner. “The truth is though, these kids are under too much pressure.” So while we may not want students in the US to feel the pressures Korean feel, there are some great things we as teachers can learn from this high-powered nation.
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Debbie - I was interested in looking at how the out of school commitments of my Korean students in Grade 3 (Korean school, Chinese lessons, English classes with a Korean tutor) and the subsequent late nights and lack of free time affects their well being. Having read this article I realise it is not as simple as that. If the university you go to dictates your social standing and marriage prospects then the pursuit of academic success is likely to continue even if it means that the children are over tired and under pressure.

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Bringing mindfulness to the school curriculum - Macleans.ca

Bringing mindfulness to the school curriculum - Macleans.ca | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
More and more kids across Canada are learning meditation techniques. Not everyone thinks it’s a good use of time.
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Michelle: Thanks for sharing this (was it Neila? :) I find it interesting that people automatically equate meditation to religious practice and so it has not been widely accepted in public schools. I wonder how it would be received within our community at NIS?

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UC Berkeley Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools

UC Berkeley Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Research is trying to keep pace with the explosion of interest in school-based mindfulness programs. Here's a round-up of four new studies at the frontier.
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Michelle: Mindfulness education is becoming increasingly popular in schools as educators are discovering the power of quietening the mind. This link from UCBerkeley briefly summarizes a few of the recent studies being done on mindfulness in education. I would very much like to explore this topic as my PLT goal this year.

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Free Guided Meditations | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Free Guided Meditations | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it

Links to a variety of audio mindfulness guides ranging in length from 3-19 minutes in length.

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My Trouble With Mindfulness

My Trouble With Mindfulness | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Jill Suttie knows the benefits of mindfulness, but she still doesn't practice it. What holds her back?
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Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers?

Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers? | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that training teachers in mindfulness not only reduces burnout but also improves their performance in the classroom.
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Michelle: fascinating study being done at UW-Madison on mindfulness practice with teachers. Article includes links to several self-practice exercises.

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Teaching Wellbeing - YouTube

Professor Martin Seligman discusses the benefits of teaching wellbeing.
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Bronwyn:  Martin Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology.  Seligman has written about positive psychology topics such as The Optimistic Child, Child's Play, Learned Optimism, Authentic Happiness, and Flourish.  In July 2011, Martin Seligman encouraged David Cameron to look into well-being as well as financial wealth in ways of assessing the prosperity of a nation.  While presenting “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being” (2011) to the Royal Society of Arts, Seligman articulated an account of the good life, which consisted of five elements under the acronym PERMA:

Positive emotion — tunable by writing down, every day at bed time, three things that went well, and why

Engagement — tunable by preferentially using one's highest strengths to perform the tasks which one would perform anyway

Relationships — tunable, but not in a way that can be explained briefly

Meaning — belonging to, and serving, something bigger than one's self

Achievement — determination is known to count for more than IQ.

Seligman claims that these elements of Wellbeing may be measured and taught.  He has done some studies with the (US) Army and these have led him to believe that Wellbeing can be taught in institutions such as schools, or even nations.

 

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Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Student Wellbeing

Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Student Wellbeing | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
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Not a whole lot on the site but I like the graphic/poster.

 

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The Overprotected Kid

The Overprotected Kid | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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Paul:  This article is fascinating.  There are several links to various other articles on the topic along the right side of the page that you should check out too.

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9 Things Good Listeners Do Differently

9 Things Good Listeners Do Differently | Student Wellbeing @ NIS | Scoop.it
Despite being taught the importance of listening from a young age -- think about how many teachers have asked you to "put your listening ears on" -- the truth is, most of us aren't as good at the skill as we ought to be.

Research shows ...
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Neila: This link from the huffington post looks at the habits of good listeners instead of the mechanics of listening -eye contact or nodding your head. Being 100% present and  mindful in conversations is a hallmark characteristic of a good listener. I would like to investigate  how mindfulness in school environments helps emotional health and well-being in both teachers and students.

 

Michelle: Thanks Neila! I especially liked #3... being aware of our listening failures and becoming better listeners because of the practice and awareness. Love the quote on how we have two ears and only one mouth and so we should listen 2X as much as we speak! :)

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