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Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness
Teaching Strategies On his first day teaching at Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, Calif., students threw rocks at Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, pretending he was a police officer. He spent fifteen minutes of every class calming down a handful of kids in this low-income-neighborhood public school who wouldn’t follow directions or behave. Larochette began practicing meditation and mindfulness to cope with his own stresses of teaching and supporting traumatized kids. He believed the breathing techniques that helped calm his fears might work for his students too, so he founded the Mindful Life Project. “Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices,” said Larochette. “When we look at low performing schools it’s not that these children are unable to learn, it’s that very often they are unavailable to learn.” “There’s a lot of grief and loss,” Williams said. Katrina Schwartz Related:  News & OTher Important Knowledge CentersMindfulness & Kids

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Room to Breathe | A Documentary Film about Transformation through Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools 'Spiritual but Not Religious': A Rising, Misunderstood Voting Bloc - Steven Barrie-Anthony No, they're not just atheists. Spirituality is a big story in politics. Maybe as big a story as religion. It’s been more than a decade since evangelicals helped George W. Bush win the White House, and we’ve gotten used to the idea of the “values voter,” of religion as a political force. A fifth of Americans check “none” on surveys of religious preference. Smart politicians and media observers will pay attention to this trend. The question is, will politicians study the category well enough to identify and appeal to broadly shared values and longings? But the other side of religious nonaffiliation, and what politicians often neglect, is that for spiritual voters the sacred strongly persists. Scholars may be of limited help with this effort, although we’re coming around. This is questionable for many reasons, not the least of which is that the religiously unaffiliated have been an important Democratic stronghold in recent decades. This is not an impassable dilemma.

Mind Jar A “Mind Jar” is a relatively simple tool for helping kids (and adults) appreciate mindfulness. This past week I offered some suggestions to the school counselors for the local district and I made some mind jars to share. A few participants asked for the recipe, so I promised I would post it here! A Mind Jar can be shaken, and it is filled with glitter. After a few minutes, the jar looks more like this: Pretty cool! So, what’s the trick? Choose your container(s) and heat enough water to fill the container almost to the top (quite hot water, but not boiling). Now here is the in-exact science of it: Put the lid on tight after you’ve poured your mixture over into the mind jar container. Have fun with your Mind Jar! Digital - News NYC Digital Releases Update to the Digital Roadmap with 100% of the Objectives Achieved, Digital Education Programs Have Impacted over One Million New Yorkers October 17, 2013 New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot today announced Digital Ready, an intensive professional development and technology expansion program designed to help participating NYC public high schools use technology and student-centered learning to improve their students’ readiness for college and careers. “The Digital Ready program is a forward-thinking and beneficial addition to our school system,” said Chancellor Dennis M. “From kindergarten to senior centers, digital literacy programs in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration have impacted over one million New Yorkers, and this investment in education is crucial to the City’s Digital Roadmap,” said Rachel Haot, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer. • City As School

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning Teaching Strategies Flickr:Sudhamshu The following is an excerpt from Learning to BREATHE: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance By Patricia C. What do children and adolescents need to be successful in life? There is little doubt that in addition to academic success, we also want our youth to be happy and well. These goals are far from being disconnected: we now realize the fundamental role that social and emotional well-being play in the attainment of academic outcomes. Although the emphasis on academic achievement often captures most of the attention in debates on school reform, important inroads are being made by those who take a more holistic approach to education. Many prominent voices have joined together to call for inclusion of social and emotional learning within K–12 school curricula. [RELATED: The Importance of Teaching Mindfuless] When feelings are not well managed, thinking can be impaired. Moving to Practice 1. 2.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ness and Learning: What’s the Connection? Photo © iStockPhoto.com/kate_sept2004 More and more educators are exploring the use of contemplative or mindfulness-based approaches to teaching. Through these approaches they are learning to reduce stress (for teacher and student alike), enhance and improve classroom climates, and are helping students to calm their bodies and minds, focus their attention, and even open their hearts. Much of the success of these approaches is about being able to recognize and properly tend to behavioral patterns. Many of our automatic reactions arise, habitually, from emotionally difficult experiences in our pasts. Evidence suggests that regular mindful awareness practice changes how our body and brain respond to stress, possibly strengthening connections in the prefrontal cortex and reducing reactivity in our limbic system, supporting self-reflection and self-regulation. For more on education and mindfulness, read these other stories on our site: Teachers Tuning In Please Help Me Learn Who I Am

Amazon.com Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights Amazon drone Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' recent purchase of the Washington Post has brought him and his giant retail and technology corporation increased attention in recent months. But his latest initiative promoting the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to deliver his company's products has drawn scrutiny and criticism from numerous parties. In an online announcement, Amazon released some details of its "Prime Air" program which will use small drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order. Widespread Concern over Privacy Rights This announcement instantly drew the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who worry that a fleet of drones flying across America's skies could violate privacy rights, become a public safety hazard and jeopardize national security. Sen. Other skeptics are also worried about the drones' spying and data collection abilities. Too Soon to Worry? Amazon's Checkered Past

Susan Kaiser Greenland - Home Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath - Judith Ohikuare In 2005, James Fallon's life started to resemble the plot of a well-honed joke or big-screen thriller: A neuroscientist is working in his laboratory one day when he thinks he has stumbled upon a big mistake. He is researching Alzheimer's and using his healthy family members' brain scans as a control, while simultaneously reviewing the fMRIs of murderous psychopaths for a side project. It appears, though, that one of the killers' scans has been shuffled into the wrong batch. The scans are anonymously labeled, so the researcher has a technician break the code to identify the individual in his family, and place his or her scan in its proper place. When he sees the results, however, Fallon immediately orders the technician to double check the code. But no mistake has been made: The brain scan that mirrors those of the psychopaths is his own. One of the first things you talk about in your book is the often unrealistic or ridiculous ways that psychopaths are portrayed in film and television.

Anxiety in Kids: How to Turn it Around and Protect Them For Life - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. It becomes a problem when it shows up at unexpected times and takes a particularly firm hold. When anxiety is in full swing, it feels awful. We already know that anxiety has nothing to do with strength, courage or character. When that target is a child or teen, it can be particularly distressing, causing problems with sleeping, eating and missed school from unexplained illnesses such as sick tummies or headaches. One of the worst things about anxiety is the way it can happen without any identifiable cause. The good news is that anxiety in kids is very treatable and they are particularly responsive. Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Turning it Around Remember that anxiety in kids is very treatable but it might take time. Like this article?

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7 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Mindfulness I taught a mindfulness class at my daughters’ elementary school this week. Unsurprisingly, the kids taught me way more than I taught them. While I was doing research to develop the class, I came upon a wealth of information about mindfulness programs in schools. For one, I learned that actress Goldie Hawn has been working with neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and educators to develop a mindfulness curriculum for schools. I was thrilled to find out that their research reported that mindfulness education in schools has proven benefits: it increases optimism and happiness in classrooms, decreases bullying and aggression, increases compassion and empathy for others and helps students resolve conflicts. If you ever want to be inspired and also have a giggle, ask a group of kids what they think “mindfulness” is. 1. Ring a bell and ask the kids to listen closely to the vibration of the ringing sound. 2. Hand out a stuffed animal to each child (or another small object). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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