Professional Learning to Help Heal the Healers

 

Site

Go Project

OBJECTIVE

Develop a culture of mindfulness

TACTICS

Self-care for educators
Morning circle activities
Restorative discipline
Empowering students to lead mindfulness breaks


Site

75 Morton

OBJECTIVE

Introducing mindfulness in classrooms

TACTICS

Self-care for educators
Advisory mindfulness breaks
Mindful approach to behavior management
One-to-one student support

 
Colin’s work with students and staff is a reminder about the power of listening, observing, connecting and exploring. He doesn’t come to answers- he searches for possibilities and along the way, we all learn this graceful approach with ourselves and students. Colin has an uncanny ability to develop trust and meaningful relationships with students by sharing techniques for being calm enough to think through issues and problematic relationships. He makes plans that are co-created with students, and provides small steps that leaves them in control, but with support.
— Jacqui Getz - Principal, 75 Morton
 
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What we’ve learned:

 

1.

Students are more likely to engage with mindfulness discussions and circles if presented with content they can relate to. Examples include The Rock speaking on his depression and trusting his gut; Kobe Bryant's Oscar-winning short film "Dear Basketball" in a discussion about visualizing goals; and the theme of self-preservation as it relates to the film "Black Panther'. 

 

2.

Educators are more receptive to mindfulness learning if they are presented with strategies that 1) support their own practice and wellbeing and 2) include tactics they can implement in the classroom for students. 

 

3.

Ongoing enthusiasm in students can be maintained if mindfulness is integrated into the intricate workings of the campus. Examples of this include bringing students' attention to their breath and 'baseline' during daily opening assemblies (at Go Project, we call this Harambe) and complimenting mindfulness milestones with the campus' success (or behavior) rewards system (at Go Project, we call this ASPIRE).