Week 5 – Healthy Mind Platter

28 10 2013

Article Highlight:  Tackling Truancy Suspension and Stress- Edutopia

Video Spotlight:

The Mindfulness Revolution documentary (short version) – a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform our education system from the inside out—at the level of the students themselves.

Classroom Practice: The Healthy Mind PlatterThe Healthy Mind Platter has seven essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health in daily life. You can create different activities to target these domains or have students come up with their own practice.


***Note: For those that want more of the science behind the seven categories, check out the research here: The Healthy Mind Platter

Week 4 – Bell or Chime Activity

20 10 2013

Article Highlight: Mindfulness Meditation for Adults and Teens with ADHD

Video: Richard Burnett, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project (based in the U.K.) , talks about the many benefits mindfulness can offer and shares his experience in bringing mindfulness into the classroom.

Classroom Practice: Bell or Chime ActivityThis exercise is taken from mindfuleducation.org and may be used anytime throughout the day to bring attention and awareness back to the individual and classroom setting:

A small chime or bell off of the internet (online bell) or phone app (Free Mindfulness Apps) offer an opportunity and reminder to stop, take a breath, come back to our body and focus. There are a couple bell activities to be used with students, which help them to notice their breath, concentrate or bring their focus back to the larger group.
1) The bell or chime may be used as a signal for students to bring their focus and attention, first to their breath and then to whatever is going to happen next in the classroom. To be used anytime, the bell can be an effective method for transitioning between activities (e.g., whenever the bell or chime sounds, all will pause whatever they are doing, and take three mindful breaths before continuing.)
2) With eyes closed, ask students to concentrate on their breath, and know when they are breathing in, or out, or just in between in and out. Tell them that at some point you will ring the bell, and they are to notice whether they are breathing in, out, or in between at the sound of the bell. This activity provides a playful framework for simply noticing out breath for a few moments, and maintaining concentration.
3) Have students close their eyes. The instruction is “When the bell is struck, listen to the sound as it rings and keeps on ringing, and when you can’t hear it any more, raise your hand”. After a few moments of stillness, ringer gently taps the bell, and all listen.

Week 3 – Breathing Exercise (MARC)

15 10 2013

Article Highlight: The Adolescent PeriodThis quick read is from the book,  Learning 2 BREATHE, and offers a glimpse at some of the latest research related to adolescent development.

Podcast – Present Moment Mindfulness-Mindfulness, Practice and Science -Great podcasts, articles and resources.

2imageClassroom Practice: Check out this 5 minute breathing meditation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA:


Week 2 – Teacher Resources

7 10 2013

Website/Article Highlight: The Guardian Teacher Network has a great section, with lots of resources, on incorporating mindfulness into the classroom. Check it out here:

How to Teach Mindfulness

Video Spotlight: Students share their personal experiences and opinions of mindfulness practice:

Classroom Practice: This week’s practice is a scripted mindfulness practice for relaxation. There is also a link on the script to a guided audio version:

Mindfulness Relaxation Exercise Script-Mind Space