What is mindfulness? By paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment, and non- judgementally (Jon Kabat Zinn) we can build skills of mindfulness. Students are told to pay attention but rarely are they taught how. Scientifically proven mindful techniques can improve attention; enhancing areas of the brain responsible for executive function and empathy. A recent Harvard University study used brain imagining to show that practicing mindfulness positively alters the structures of the brain associated with memory, learning empathy and stress. Mindfulness is gaining a prominent pace within society - medicine, corporations, education, athletics - and research is consistently validating its impact.
Following the Mindful Schools curriculum, which offers a secular approach to mindfulness, we offer sixteen lessons, twice a week for 15 minutes. Mindful breathing, mindful listening, and mindfulness of thoughts and emotions are a few of the core skills learned. We also explore neuroplasiticity and how stress negatively impacts our ability to learn.
Mindful Schools has a Mindfulness Fundamentals 6 week on-line course that can be accessed with a special 50% off discount code by contacting Kim Rego via email.
Also, contact Kim Rego to arrange Mindfulness PD for your school and guided lessons for your classroom.