¡ Flexibility is all about being open minded… ¡ Mind Up is all about…being provided with some tools for your mind!
Mind Up is designed to help young people… ¡ …sharpen their focus and attention, ¡ …heighten their awareness of their environment and themselves by paying attention to what they sense and feel…
Mind Up is not a meditation program or tied to any religion or religious tradition…
Causes of Stress in the Classroom ü Fear of being wrong ü Embarrassed to read aloud or participate ü Test-‐taking anxiety ü Physical and language diﬀerences ü Cliques and bullying ü Frustration with diﬃcult material ü Boredom from lack of stimulation
FIGHT Disruptive in class FLIGHT Distracted during class FREEZE Withdrawn from class
• Helps kids learn how the brain works… • Helps kids learn how to become ‘self aware’ • Uses that self-‐ awareness to be more in touch with our thoughts and emotions and to better regulate our behaviors
Learning how the brain works… Prefrontal Cortex (executive function, planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision-‐making and moderating correct social behavior) Hippocampus Amygdala (compares new (encodes emotional learning to past messages for long-‐ learning and encodes term storage in the information from brain) working memory to long-‐term storage)
• Learning how to become ‘self aware’ through breath… • Using Core Practice
Taking a “Brain Break” Get comfortable Close your eyes or lower your head Listen for the sound Focus on your breath Reduce your stress
Breathing and the Brain DEEP, DELIBERATE, STEADY BREATHS what happens Focused Awareness of Attention Emotions Being Calm and Present Relaxed Studies show that when students involve themselves in Core Practice, they ﬁnd it easier to focus, they learn better, are more positive, more empathetic, more optimistic and less anxious.
What is Mindfulness? • Core Practice is all about Mindfulness (“being mindful”) • Mindfulness is a state of being aware of your own mind, at any given moment • It means to pay attention on purpose, being present in the moment Mindfulness-‐ Based Stress Reduction)