presence practices in the 21st Century classroom

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"Keep the floor dry, please."

Leaving the bowls on the floor, move around the room to introduce yourself to at least three other participants.

Share your

  • name
  • grade level and content
  • why you came to this presentation.

How did that feel?

How could you use an activity like this in your class?

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Mindfulness in the US--one man's inkling

Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Parts of the brain impacted by practicing mindfulness

  • Amygdala- the part of the brain aroused by strong emotions. With mindfulness practice it becomes less activated.
  • Hippocampus- the part of the brain that regulates the amygdala and is critical to learning and memory. With mindfulness practice it becomes more activated.
  • Prefrontal Cortex- the part of the brain most associated with maturity: regulating emotions and behaviors, and making wise choices. With mindfulness practice it becomes more regulated.

Why Mindfulness in the classroom? (Benefits)

When we make connections with our students, and they make connections with themselves, their classmates, and us, we create a safe environment responsive not only to academic needs but emotional needs. As Maslow's hierarchy proves, when we take care of the basic human need of safety and security, we allow our minds to then be collaborative, creative, connected...the best work of the 21st Century student and classroom.
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Activities for Mindfulness

Being Grateful

Purposefully take time regularly to write and/or share about what students are thankful for. This builds positive connections in the brain. What we think we become.

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Mindful Momentum-exit ticket

Take a moment and think about the learning today. Set an intention. Pick at least one activity that you would like to try with your students next week.

Additional resources and readings

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