Saturday, March 14, 2015

Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education

The Mindful Revolution is a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform the education system from the inside out—at the level of the STUDENTS themselves. Their goal is to raise awareness on the implications of minding one's internal health—emotionally, socially, and psychologically.
-- Watch 15 min version here

The Mindful Revolution: Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education from Justin Broglie on Vimeo.

And from the TEACHERS' perspective...Mindfulness strengthens our capacity to be with things as they are and cultivates the ability to integrate mind, body and heart in the present moment, helping us to connect more deeply with ourselves and with others. When teachers are connected to themselves they can be more connected with their students, creating a deeper, more authentic relationship that can enrich learning. Mindfulness training for school communities can help transform education from the inside out.
Amy Burke is a co-founder of the MindWell Foundation. She spent 15 years in high schools as a classroom teacher and guidance counselor in Canada and The Netherlands, and is now based in Prague.
"We know that changing the structure of education is going to take some time, but in the meanwhile, by practicing mindfulness, students and teachers can start transforming education from the inside out."

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