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Mindfulness Activities for the Classroom

EDUC-942
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings
EDUC-942
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings
Mindfulness is the awareness and acceptance of each present moment in time. Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention to thoughts, feelings, senses, and surroundings. Neuroscience research shows that the practice of mindfulness grows connections in the brain that improve the ability to self-regulate emotions, thoughts, behavior, and attention. This is welcome news for teachers and their students as they co-navigate the many opportunities and challenges of school.

This fully online graduate-level course will empower you to foster your students' social-emotional vibrancy through the practice of mindfulness. You'll discover engaging and immediately applicable activities to grow students' minds for gratitude, joy, focus, concentration and much more. While the course explores a secular, research-based approach to mindfulness, initial readings situate mindfulness in the context of Christian spirituality and theology. My hope is that you will find the course and associated activities inclusive and accessible to extend the benefits of mindfulness to all students and teachers. Course content draws on the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) Framework for the following competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. The course may be taken with or without students. This course is applicable towards the Social Emotional Learning Certificate.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

Candi Reimer

Instructor
As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.