As students undertake a writing activity, the educator leads them through mindfulness practices to reduce stress and increase calmness, attention, and self-awareness. These practices can be conducted individually, in small groups, or in whole-group instruction.
Practicing mindfulness involves setting regular times, especially at the beginning of the school day, to sit silently and focus on breathing, relaxing, and letting thoughts and feelings come and go without holding on to them. Examples of mindfulness techniques include:
Though research on the effects of mindfulness practices with students is still in an early stage, recent studies indicate that there are a variety of positive effects from these practices, decreases in symptoms of stress and hostility and increasing attention, relaxation, self-esteem, social skills, and sleep quality, all of which have a positive impact on increasing the ability to focus on tasks, improving regulation of emotions and, relaxation, and supporting deeper learning.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please submit work examples from two students (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, and other media) that demonstrate progress toward the mindfulness competency, including such items as examples of the mindful activities the students experienced and their reflections on them, short videos or audio recordings of student check-ins after the mindfulness exercises, student reflections on how their ability to focus attention has changed since doing mindful exercises, and other relevant items.
For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit student-created reflections on their experience of the mindfulness activities. Use the following questions as a guide (200-word limit for each reflection):
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
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