In addition to presenting about BLE design at the AEC Conference 2017 in Nairobi, Stephanie and I had the opportunity to attend a mindfulness workshop by the amazing Robyn Harwood (@rsharwood1). Since this powerful experience, I’ve begun to explore how teaching mindfulness can impact my community of learners. Here are some of the resources that I was given at the workshop, some of which I’ve tried in my own classroom, others which I am eager to explore deeper. Enjoy!
1. VIA Institute Quiz on Character
Students and teachers can take this quiz to identify strengths to help them with their learning.
2. 5 Reflection Activities to Help Students Glow and Grow
A resource we cooked up to get students thinking about their day. Easy to implement now!
3. Mindfulness with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn
From Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this video is very memorable in helping teachers to grasp mindfulness concepts. “Check your watch, it’s now”
4. Action for Happiness
A website for exploring what matters, endorsed by Dalai Lama. Lots of tips and strategies for happier living, including a happiness pledge!
5. Mindful Schools
Take the intro course to get yourself trained and ready to teach mindfulness in your classroom.
6. This Diagram
Great for explaining ways to create space between a problem and your response to the problem.
7. Find Your Anchor
We learned about how you can teach students to “find their anchor” to return to the present moment. Often this can be found by placing a hand on your belly or on your chest during mindful breathing. A good explanation for this can be found here.
8. Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation
A Happify video on mindfulness as a superpower (Dan Harris). Great for thinking about mindfulness as something that it is not inherently easy, as some might think, but a lifelong pursuit that you need to work towards.
9. Campfires, Caves, and Watering Holes
These three archetypal learning spaces, originally identified by David Thornburg, has been so beneficial to my class that I will probably do a totally separate write-up on how I’ve implemented it. I’m a total summer camp person, having worked at camps for 6 years before I became a teacher. Check out this article explaining campfires, caves, and watering holes, and also check out my article (sort of related) on how I turned my class into the Survivor reality show!
10. Flip Your Lid Metaphor
The final resource that I will share here that I have found useful is the Dr. Daniel Siegel Hand Model of the Brain. Just watch below… it is great for explaining to kids how to avoid those animalistic instincts.
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