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2013 Leading Learning

Mindfulness and Neuroscience: How a Contemplative Curriculum for K-12 Students can Improve Focus, Connectedness, and Self-Regulation

Presenter: Betsy Hanger
Location: Los Angeles
@BHmindful

Presentation Title: Mindfulness and Neuroscience: How a Contemplative Curriculum for K-12 Students can Improve Focus, Connectedness, and Self-Regulation

Presentation Description: After Reading, Writing, and “┬śRithmetic, is Reflection the New “Fourth R”┬Ł?
In this video presentation, veteran teacher Betsy Hanger will explore the uses of mindfulness training in elementary classrooms. She will describe the curriculum of Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org), connecting the skills developed to the students’ experiences. Examples of students’ journals and mindfulness activities in the classroom will give teachers a realistic idea of this important new movement in urban education. Betsy will answer these questions: 1) What is mindfulness? (definition, origins in medicine, psychology) 2) Who does mindfulness help? (Challenges that mindfulness training addresses: brain slides) 3) What is the curriculum? (three sets of skills, with three examples for each drawn from student work) 4) What improvements can I expect if I do mindfulness training in my classroom? (research, anecdotal experiences: video testimony) Resources for learning more about mindfulness training in classrooms are appended.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
www.mindfulschools.org

http://www.roomtobreathefilm.com

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  2. Wesley Fryer

    What a wonderful presentation, Betsy! My wife teaches elementary students in an urban setting in Oklahoma City and they have had just a few sessions on mindfulness from some local university students. I am eager to share this with her, and see if other teachers at her school are aware of the curriculum using edmodo. I think it is fantastic they have made lessons for students available that way. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful presentation about such important topics, both for students and for teachers.

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