Our society is experiencing major and rapid changes, including increased testing and pressure to perform in school and in life, over-scheduled children/young adults, and an exponential rise in the use and need for technology — the impact of which is not yet known.
Research has shown that practising Mindfulness can reduce stress, increase resilience and assist in lowering the incidence of mental health issues. At the same time, Mindfulness has been found to increase positive emotion, vitality, life satisfaction and self esteem. In addition, studies have shown that people who spend more time being mindful tend to experience clearer, more focused thinking, improved memory and attention, and heightened performance and achievement.
Practicing Mindfulness has been shown to result in an increase in emotional intelligence, executive function and an overall increased feeling of wellbeing.
As such, mindfulness is a foundation for education; mindfulness provides the optimal conditions for learning and teaching and also supports all teaching approaches.
It is adapted from the .b mindfulness curriculum for secondary schools, as well as influenced by adult mindfulness courses such as MBSR & MBCT.
paws .b can be delivered in schools, on a one to one basis and in familly settings
.b was carefully crafted by classroom teachers to engage everyone, including the most cynical of student audiences.
.b Foundations was carefully crafted by the Mindfulness in Schools Project team, including Sarah Silverton (an experienced mindfulness trainer from Bangor University), to be accessible and effective for busy staff in a workplace setting.
Mindfulness:Possibilities in EducationThis experential and interactive taster session explores what mindfulness is, what possibilities it offers and how it is being introduced to adults and young people in education.
An effective taster should dispel myths about mindfulness, offer an opportunity to try out some practices, explain the evidence for its benefits and set out what an 8-week course entails