We need to give greater emphasis on teaching our kids social emotional skills that can help reduce stress, strengthen attention, and increase our capacity to effectively manage our days.
When students learn to develop their own self-awareness, they learn to become less reactive in class. This changes their behavior and they realize they have more choices. When the students become more aware of their behavior – they’re able to shift their behavior – and the whole classroom environment changes. Mindfulness has the potential to change the entire schools culture.
A great opportunity to learn more and explore how mindfulness is being taught in public schools. We’re in our third year teaching mindfulness-based education in the public schools in Milton, MA.
Anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to schools would enjoy Andy’s Breakfast Roundtable on Friday, April 19th, from 7:00-8:00 AM. We will discuss how the program started, what’s involved in the classes, the general issues that arise when you attempt to bring mindfulness in schools – and how you can integrate this into the classroom without dismantling the system that’s already in place.
Here’s what Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, says about this event : “It is a unique conference because it holds strongly to the science and to the scientific process of investigating mindfulness, MBSR, and a whole range of what we call MBI’s, or ‘Mindfulness Based Interventions’, while also seamlessly integrating meditation practice throughout the entire program for five days.”
Check out the link below for an overview of the five-day conference.
Register Here: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/conference/index.aspx
Hope to see you there in two weeks!