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Mindfulness Practices: Improving attention, mental resilience and self-regulation for teachers and students with Rita Riccola
There are well-established links between positive mental health, social and emotional competence, and academic achievement. In today’s education environment the demands on teachers and students is high and self-management is a priority. This course provides practices and techniques to teach and guide others to develop mindfulness. It is based on the successful programme Mindful NZ Schools. The concept has developed out of the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, who is internationally known as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream.
Studies in education have shown that teachers who participate in mindfulness training report they have become more alert and attentive, less reactive, less judgemental, and more patient (Schoeberlein & Koffler, 2005). Students state mindfulness develops the ability to let go of distressing thoughts and feelings (Broderick & Metz, 2009).
This session is interactive and engages participants in recognising when and how to use and teach the techniques. Written documentation, a mindfulness teaching manual and lesson plan examples are also provided.