#mindfulAISD (10/3)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of October 3rd

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of October 3rd. 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.


Pokemon Poses--courtesy of 3rd graders at Cunningham Elementary

Mrs. Garcia's 3rd graders at Cunningham created Pokemon Yoga Poses for Market Day last week and they wanted to share their creativity and hard work with y'all. Creating poses and incorporating mindful breathing with the poses is such a great way to make mindfulness fun and easily practiced by all. Nicely done! Click here for the entire set of poses.
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Mindfulness and the Brain

An article about how mindfulness affects the brain. Teaching the brain science behind mindfulness is a great way to reach secondary students and those who might be a bit skeptical about mindfulness. This article references the MindUp program, which has great lessons on the brain.
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How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

A great article about the kids who wrote Master of Mindfulness: How to be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress. The article also has a short, yet powerful video, highlighting the 5th graders who wrote the book. Shout out to Sandy Chilton for sharing this article via Twitter!
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Mindful Classrooms--Week 7

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 7 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.
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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