#mindfulAISD (10/10)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of October 10th

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of October 10th. This will serve as a way to highlight the awesome mindfulness work being done across the district as well as offer resources. Have suggestions for material you'd like to see on here? Please email the SEL Mindfulness Specialist: james.butler@austinisd.org


Want to Showcase Your Mindfulness Work?

Send James Butler an email with a brief story and/or photo (if you have photo releases for your students). Or if you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #mindfulAISD and I'll post a link to your tweet on the newsletter.


Stop Breathe & Think App and Site

Stop Breathe & Think is a website and app that provides guided meditations based on how you are feeling at that moment. There are a great number of FREE meditations starting at just a couple minutes long.

The best way to incorporate mindfulness in the classroom is by having some type of regular personal practice. It doesn't have to be an added part of your day either and it can just be for a couple minutes. Find something that you regularly do and integrate mindfulness into that activity (bedtime, going for a walk, washing the dishes, morning routine, etc.).

Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

An article from Edutopia about being curious about your students' behavior. Below is an excerpt from the article.

"As you seek to learn more about trauma-sensitive teaching, you can also explore the curious-not-furious maxim I offer to novice teachers. Getting curious on the part of the teacher looks like this: Why might the student be behaving this way? What might be some contributing factors? Might this be a reaction to fear or insecurity? Might she be scared, hungry, lonely, or tired? Instead of defaulting immediately to a disciplinary measure (detention, off to the principal's office, a time out), the teacher chooses to first ask the child:How are you? Are you okay today? How can I help? Is there anything you would like to talk about?"

Mindful Classrooms--Week 8

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 8 this week. It's a very loose recommendation though. Please do what's best for you and your students. If you'd like the free electronic copy of the book, please feel out the Google Form at the bottom of this page.


Sign Up for Mindfulness Support

If you haven't filled out the #mindfulAISD Google Form (below) and want to highlight your work and/or receive mindfulness support, please check it out. It only takes about 1 minute to complete. Know someone in AISD interested in mindfulness? Send them this newsletter for them to fill out the Google Form.


James Butler

SEL Mindfulness Specialist