Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness

22 09 2014

A few readings on the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness, along with how the two movements compliment one another:

1. Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Student Learning (Mind/Shift) mindshift
2. How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms (GGSC)ggsc
3. SEL: Luxury or Necessity? (

4. How to successfully embed a mindfulness program in a SEL context (M.S. Lawlor. Chapter excerpt from:Mindfulness in Adolescence: New Directions for Youth Development, Number 142)new

The Science of Mindfulness

3 04 2014

1. READING: The Science of MindfulnessDr. Daniel J. Siegel on what makes mindfulness beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.

2. ARTICLES: New: Mindfulness Interventions with Youth-A Meta Analysis. Also, check out “the Science” section at

3. RESEARCH: American Mindfulness Research Association & Mindfulness Research Monthly

Jon Kabat-Zinn provides a brief introduction to the science of mindfulness.
See the full talk at: The Greater Good Science Center

Dan Siegel discusses the science of mindfulness. See more of Dr. Siegel’s work at: The Mindsight Institute

Mark Williams, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, talks about the science of mindfulness:

Student Behavior and Discipline

27 02 2014




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Impact of Mindfulness on Teacher Stress and Burnout

8 02 2014

Article Highlights:

1. Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers?
2. Study Shows Mindfulness Training Can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout

Video Highlight: Dr. Richard Davidson (Center for Investigating Healthy Minds) talks about how mindfulness plays a role in reducing stress and burnout:

Study Spotlight:

Mindfulness for Teachers- A Pilot Study to Assess Effects on Stress, Burnout, and Teaching Efficacy


Should Schools Teach Meditation?

28 01 2014
  • Organization Spotlight: Headstand (From their website: “Headstand is an innovative non-profit organization that works to combat toxic stress in disadvantaged K–12 students through mindfulness, yoga, and character education.”)


Week 8 – The Tree of Contemplative Practices

10 12 2013

Website highlight: – Need some relaxation? offers some help.

Video spotlight: A short animation on mindfulness from GoStrengths, a social and emotional website for parents and educators.

Classroom practice: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society brings us the Tree of Contemplative Practice. You can use this as a guide for ideas or explore options with students. Here is a link to a blank copy that can be used in the classroom: Tree of Life – blank.


Week 7 – R.A.I.N.

18 11 2013

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT – Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers? – Huffington Post

VIDEO: Susan Kaiser Greenland, director of the Inner Kids program, discusses a new set of A,B,C’s – Attention, Balance & Compassion:

CLASSROOM PRACTICE: R.A.I.N. RAIN is a mindfulness practice that can be used with any content of mind, but is typically applied to unpleasant, uncomfortable, or upsetting material (the focus here).  RAIN is an acronym that incorporates the core teachings of mindfulness, and instructs us to Recognize, Accept, Investigate, and Not-identify with difficult thoughts, feelings, desires, etc.

Read more about how to apply this exercise at Skillful Means