Mindset is a health class with the goal of helping students learn about their bodies and minds. Every lesson will have a mini-lesson focused on some aspect of social-emotional learning, including but not limited to, mindfulness, growth mindset, empathy, grit, perseverance, and gratitude. We will start the year learning about brain anatomy and how mindfulness can calm our bodies and brains down so we can make smart, logical decisions instead of reacting in anger or fear to stimuli. Every lesson will have a mindfulness component where we will practice being mindful through breath, movement, or paying attention to our surroundings in a non-judgmental, focused way.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention in the present moment to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, or surrounding environment. For the sake of simplicity, we can define it as noticing what’s happening right now in an open, balanced and curious way. It also includes intentionally nurturing positive states of mind such as empathy and kindness.
Is mindfulness religious?
No, mindfulness in education approaches are completely secular, and are based upon decades of work and research applying mindfulness to the medical and mental health fields. Youth learn awareness, self-regulation, and social-emotional skills.