Differentiated Mindfulness


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Differentiated Mindfulness


The concepts of calm stillness, awareness, compassion, empathy can be experienced in differentiated ways and through
several proven modalities.  Some of this you do already without even noticing. Some take a little practice and directed intent.
Mindfulness does not mean you have to try to be someone different. Mindfulness practices bring out the natural innate
qualities that are already within us, knowledge that you already came into this world with! 

By generating awareness through all of our senses you begin to look, see, feel and hear each moment deeply. You could say,
breathfulness + heartfulness + soundfulness + soulfulness = Mindfulness.

We do this to develop the full potential in all people? Not everybody learns the same way, or resonates to Mindfulness and
meditation in the same way.  These resource pages are here to guide you, to help identify what works best for you, offering concepts,  
ideas, ways to customize your practice, and mindful thoughts to share and teach each other!

Workshop Description


Workshop Description


DIFFERENTIATED MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR BETTER CLASSROOM LEARNING

An experiential and fun introductory workshop on differentiated practices for the teaching of Mindfulness


PROGRAM GOALS:                    

To learn very accessible methods to practice and teach, with break out groups to try each out. Focusing on basic tenets of Mindful
breathing, seeing, listening, speaking, vibrating and teaching.  These can be customized for lower, middle and upper divisions,
and have associated activities and practices that you and your students, families, friends can do in the classroom or at home.
 

OUTCOMES:

Participants will leave this workshop with new approaches; day-to-day practices, and a deeper understanding through experiential
methods, of how to reduce stress and anxiety, generate true feelings of compassion and positive aspirations for themselves and others.
Through becoming aware of, awakening and activating their own energy flow they empower themselves with the ability to teach this to
students. They start to see deeply, they awaken their 'Sound Body'. Workshop resources include access to creative visualizations,
written works, audio recordings and apps with beautifully relaxing sound tools to use in mindfulness meditation sessions.  They will be
more confident with both their understanding and tool belt resources for each division level. Links to active peer groups for staying
connected to a network of professionals in the field doing similar work will also be provided.

Areas of Focus


Areas of Focus


Areas of Focus Include:

  • Mindfulness meditation, Relaxation and Conscious Breathing, Experiencing Stillness
  • Generating Awareness through Seeing and Being In The Moment
  • Awakening Your Sound Body Through the Use of Sound Tools and Vocal Toning
  • Listening, Speaking and Visualizing Through Storytelling and Symbology
  • Working With Positive Energy and Affirmations
  • Transforming Negative Emotions Through Compassion Circles 
  • Zen Motion, The Use of Mindfulness In Walking, Motion, Sports Focus and Preparation
  • Mindful Leadership and Connectivity through Interactive Media and App Technology

Benefits of Mindfulness


Benefits of Mindfulness


THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS PRACTICES:

WHAT:    Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of each present moment and understanding your relation to those moments

HOW:      Through practicing basic meditations of breathing, listening, visualizing one creates calm, focused attention, joy, compassion for self and others

FOR:        These practices have proven effective for all ages of students, teachers, staff, and parents within our global communities

 

RESULTS:  

Reduction of stress, anxiety, worry

Clears, refocuses and strengthens the mind

Enhances sleep and creates opportunities for restful pauses

Ability to be less reactive over time when faced with adverse situations

Increased clarity in decision making and problem solving

Improved motivation and aspirations

Enables new approaches and insight

Deepens understanding of physical and personal relationships

Creates tools to foster better interactions with others

Promotes kindness in speech, listening and actions

Allows for more approaches to congeniality within teams and workplaces

Teaches understanding of interconnectivity and interbeing 

Curricular Ties and soft skills


In addition to Mindfulness as a skill set, which teaches compassion, unconditional love,
team-work, kindness, problem solving, deep listening, seeing beyond objects, perception,
intuition, and more, differentiated Mindfulness practices can tie in directly and integrate
into your other subject areas. Here are some examples, please help us identify others!

Curricular Ties and soft skills


In addition to Mindfulness as a skill set, which teaches compassion, unconditional love,
team-work, kindness, problem solving, deep listening, seeing beyond objects, perception,
intuition, and more, differentiated Mindfulness practices can tie in directly and integrate
into your other subject areas. Here are some examples, please help us identify others!

Examples of Soft Skills to integrate with Guidance and Emotional Intelligence via Mindfulness Pedagogy:

 Able to Listen •    Accept Feedback •    Adaptable •    Assertive •    Attentive •    Collaborating •    Confident •    Conflict Resolution •    Cooperative •    Courteous •    Critical Observer •    Critical Thinker •    Deal Making •    Deal with Difficult Situations •    Decision Making •    Dedicated •    Dependable •    Desire to Learn •    Diversity Awareness •    Effective Communicator •    Emotion Management •    Empathetic •    Energetic •    Establish Interpersonal Relationships •    Ethical Decision Making •    Flexible •    Functions Well Under Pressure •    Good at Storytelling •    Honest Innovator •    Intercultural Competence •    Leadership •    Listening •    Patience •    Perseverance •    Persistence •    Problem Solving •    Public Speaking •    Resilient •    Resolving Issues •    Respectful •    Self-awareness •    Self-directed •    Self-monitoring •    Stress Management •    Successful Coach •    Supervising •    Take Criticism •   Team Player •    Tolerant of Change and Uncertainty •    Willing to Accept Feedback •    


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Unit brush stroke Examples of Curricular ties:


SCIENCE

Sympathetic Vibration

Sound wave study

How matter changes state

Principals of Quantum Physics

The ear and skin listening to sound

Vestibular systems

Right and left brain entrainment

The science of meditation

How breathing affects the body

Affect of meditation on brain matter

Inter dependant relationships

Ecosystems and interbeing

Awareness of nature

 

ENGLISH

Creating poetry to enhance breathing

Creative writing and imagination

Using symbols to convey meaning

Compassion and kindness in speech

Storytelling

The power of spoken word

Metaphor

Association of words w/ visual image

Creating poetry to enhance breathing

Creative writing and imagination

Using symbols to convey meaning

Compassion and kindness in speech

Storytelling

 

HUMANITIES

Philosophy and sense of self

Understanding cultural perspectives

How cultures approach wellness

Relationships between peoples

The origin of words and syllables

Understanding other customs

 

MATH

Patterns in nature

Sequences in sacred geometry

 

ART

Using symbology to convey meaning

Creation of Mandalas

Visual Storytelling

Looking deeply at objects and detail

How imagery guides emotion

Creating images for wellness

Depicting the infinite through image

Visual image's affect on physiology

Color and its effect on emotion

 

MUSIC

Patterns

How music affects emotion

What is vibration

Creating relaxation through sound

Accompaniment for storytelling

How rhythm entrains the body

How sound waves travel

Therapeutic use of voice

Vocal toning for wellness

What is resonance

 

ATHLETICS

Enhancing sports warm ups

Focused imagery for training

Controlling the breath

Breath capacity

Interconnectivity of muscular and

central nervous systems

Zen and motion

 

 

Feedback


Feedback


Mindfulness Practices for Better Classroom Learning: Daniel Lauter

 

Learnings:

·       Excellent information all around.

·       That just a few minutes a day of a mindfulness practice can be beneficial.

·       Diaphragmatic breathing, use of vibrations, use of sound. I also really liked the post-lunch use of the index cards as a way to hear from everyone and        mediate on their responses in a compassionate way. And similarly I enjoyed the drawing meditation though I wonder how well it works with those who      are old enough to be really self-conscious about their drawing.

·       It was really helpful to have concrete practices that I could bring back with me and try out with my students.

·       The concepts of mindful breathing, noticing your environment and possibilities of sound

·       Mindfulness can be expressed through drawing.

·       The use of sound

·       Various breathing techniques visualization

·       Accessibility of mindfulness practices in a variety of ways

·       Being able to experience the practice of mindfulness myself gave me ideas on how to best take it back to my student and make it an effective practice      for them as well

·       How to implement mindful practices with kids in lower schools

 

Take away:

·       New ideas for mindfulness in the classroom.

·       Many practices that I can immediately use in the classroom

·       Confirmation of the importance of following a mindful path and to continue looking for effective practices

·       A mindfulness practice with students doesn't need to be long, it can be short and still very meaningful.

·       Many useful ideas to bring to the classroom. Some ideas I would modify for my students.

·       I felt extremely relaxed and excited to try many of the meditation and reflection techniques personally and with my class.

·       Ideas to use during the opening of the day, closing and during transitions.

·       A variety of ideas that I can try in the classroom and even for my own personal practice.

·       Various breathing techniques

·       New tools to try

·       Food for thought

·       I myself need to be far more mindful

·       Peace

 

Other Comments:

·       Very useful, an excellent workshop

·       It was excellent

·       Thought it was just fine, very inspiring

·       Very useful, an excellent workshop

·       I had a wonderful day and will need time to reflect on all of the information. Thanks for having this offering

·       I tried the drawing/symbolism exercise today with class-they loved it!

·       Lovely space, welcoming and helpful teacher

·       I absolutely enjoyed the session. I left feel satisfied in what I came there for. Thank you!

·       It was a lovely workshop- beautiful space

·       Thank you so much for such a powerful PD!