#mindfulAISD (11/28)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of November 28th

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of November 28th. 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.


#mindfulAISD YouTube Playlist

We finally have a mindfulness YouTube playlist! It's just the beginning, but there are 3 videos explaining different mindful breathing techniques. There are plans for more videos with students leading the exercises because those would be much better than the ones with me leading the exercises. :) Special shout out to Judd Absher at Highland Park for recording, editing and uploading these videos for us.

If y'all want to record your students doing mindfulness activities for the playlist, please send them to me so I can put them on there.

**You can add these YouTube videos to your GoNoodle account so you can use these videos to make your champ stronger!


Previous Newsletters

Since there is different information and resources on each article, I am going to include links to all the previous newsletters from now on along with a highlight or two from each newsletter.

Week of November 14 (GIFs for deep breathing & Breathing script for HS--Palm the Present Moment by Donald Altman from "The Mindfulness Toolbox")

Week of November 7 (AISD e-Wellness spotlight)

Week of October 31 (Mindfulness Challenge update)

Week of October 24 (Progressive Muscle Relaxation script)

Week of October 17 ("Just Breathe" mindfulness video)

Week of October 10 (Stop Breathe Think App/Site & Curious Not Furious article)

Week of October 3 (Pokemon poses & Mindfulness and the Brain article)

Week of September 26 (Replacing Detention w/ Meditation article & Guided Breathing tracks in Spanish & English)

Week of September 19 (Teacher Self-Care & Connecting Mindfulness w/ SEL: Mind Yeti)

Week of September 12 (KEYE News feature & Helping Teens Destress)

Mindful Classrooms--Week 14

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 14 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.

Photos/stories of Mindful Classrooms being used in class are always welcome and would be great for the newsletter! Email James Butler.


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