Robinson PTA is offering a Mindfulness Program to all Robinson students two to three times per week in April and May during Advisory classes. Mindfulness is the ability to stay in the present moment with curiosity and kindness. Lessons include mindful test-taking with less anxiety and stress. This has proven results, such as helping with attention and focus, as well as managing and understanding emotions. It is complementary to social emotional learning practices, in that it helps kids become aware of how they are feeling/what they are thinking so that they can implement the strategies of social emotional learning. Melissa Berg-Baker, a Certified Instructor through Mindful Schools, will provide instruction in one classroom, and it will be transmitted live to the other classrooms. For more information, please see Melissa’s website: http://www.noticemorestressless.com/classes.html or click here for the flyer.
SPONSORED BY RMS PTA
BY MELISSA BERG-BAKER
LESSONS 1 - 8
(LESSONS 9 - 16 PENDING)
Lesson 1: Intro to Mindfulness: A User Manual for the Mind
What is mindfulness?
Practice mindfulness of the body by relaxing and feeling gravity.
Lesson 2: Our Bendable Brains: Mindfulness of Sound
Mindfulness can make our brains stronger.
Mindful listening – focusing on a bell/sounds in the room/sounds outside the room
Lesson 3: Getting (back) Online: Mindfulness of Breathing
Explain different parts of the brain and how mindfulness affects the brain
Practice noticing the breath and finding our anchor
Lesson 4: Impulses and Patience (The Marshmallow Test Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX_oy9614HQ)
Understand the difference between impulse and mindful action
Understand the role of self-control in long-term achievement
Lesson 5: Soaking in the Good: A Heartfulness Lesson
Understand the negativity bias
Using mindfulness to help savor what’s good in life
Lesson 6: Mindfulness of Emotions (Handout: Emotions in the Body)
Understand the important role that emotions play in our lives.Detect emotions as sensations in the body
Lesson 7: Changing the Channel: Heartfulness Practice
Sending kind thoughts to ourselves and others
Mindfulness strengthens our ability to choose where we put our
Lesson 8: Mindfulness of Thinking
Understand the capacity of thinking as natural to being human
Recognize the ways in which thoughts can help us and harm us
(Handout: Thoughts are not Facts)
Lesson 9: Being at Home in Our Bodies: Body Scan
The body is our home – we live our lives here.
A practice of systematically tensing and relaxing through the body as a way to get familiar with how stress affects the body.
What would it be like to have a kind relationship with one’s own body?
Lesson 10: Resilience
Discuss The Iceberg Illusion
Practice noticing thoughts/sensations that make us uncomfortable
Lesson 11: Handling Overwhelm: The Freakout Formula
Feeling overwhelmed, or “freaking out” is completely normal and natural.
Practice the Freak Out Formula (go slowly and be specific):
- Notice three things you see
- Notice three things you hear
- Notice three things you feel
Lesson 12: Managing Difficult Emotions: Anger
Anger is a self-protective response designed to help us get safe in response to a threat.
Anger also can cause harm to ourselves and our relationships.
How do we relate to anger?
Practice taking deep breaths, making sure the exhale is longer than the inhale.
Video: Just Breathe
Lesson 13: Mindfulness and the STAAR
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