Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nurturing Mindfulness in Education

"I'd like to see a plan for the whole child, for how music, art and literature would create a child, and adults, citizens that are fully participating in our democracy and have a great sense of self. And to me this is the fundamental goal of education"
Mark Greenberg is a child development researcher and educator at Penn State University (US). In the presentation below he discusses various topics in relation to mindfulness practices in education:
How can these practices nurture the development of attention and reflective skills?
What part do caring, and compassion play in education?
What role role have schools in the healthy social and emotional development of students?
What about "at risk" students? Is mindfulness an effective prevention measure?

"Teachers are spontaneously bringing practices of mindfulness into the classrooms because they need to connect with the children and the best way to connect with the children is to make learning an adventure. And the best way to do that is to connect with the domain of being rather than just the domain of doing..."
Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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