Re-Energizing our School Communities: Mindfulness-Based Strategies to Support Teaching and Learning

Students, teachers, and administrators experience pressures to perform with rising expectations and ever-changing standards. Educators must find a way to remain balanced, calm, and positive while managing an ever-increasing workload. Mindfulness, the simple act of being present - moment-by-moment - is an age-old practice whose benefits are now backed by brain science. Participants learn simple, mindfulness-based techniques to help re-energize their capacity to teach, learn, and lead schools while managing day-to-day stress.

Phase 1 of the course provides a safe space for participants to explore and develop their own mindfulness practice against the backdrop of PLN’s Four Lenses of Learning. In Phase 2, classroom-based mindfulness strategies are introduced and practiced to promote student self-regulation, focus, and active learning with a focus on PLN Frameworks: The Five Reading Writing Talking Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning.

Participants need to purchase the course text: “The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching” by Laura Weaver and Mark Wilding.

 

This 4.5 credit course is offered through the Penn Literacy Network and takes place on site at k-12 schools. 

 

https://pln.gse.upenn.edu/courses/k-12

 

Runs September 2018 - December 2018

Colonial School District Plymouth Meeting , PA