A New Lens

Students will learn mindfulness, active listening, and reflection skills to increase conflict resolution and see others through a new lens.

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Students will learn practical mindfulness skills through formal and informal practice.  We will practice an active listening structure which will enable students to hear what their peers (and others) are saying, not what they interpret through their own lens, in order to better understand others' viewpoints.  We will synthesize and apply these skills to create conflict resolution strategies that respect differences, empower students, and create understandings of each other. 

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Thank you so much for all your feedback, everyone!
Lane Laney  : I would love to have that contact information, if you don't mind sharing it.
Shyla Batliwalla : Thank you so much for that feedback. You are so right; it does have to start top down. I would love to offer Mindfulness training (and yoga) for teachers/admin, as well. That may need to be one arm of the plan.
Regina Dilley LeCinda Jennings : Let's collaborate to make a plan to cover K12. I think we could figure out how this would work across all grades.

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Jennifer Bull Thank you! I'd love to collaborate. I'm excited that we have interest at each level.
Lane Laney I'd be interested in the contact info as well.

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LeCinda Jennings Jennifer Bull If you email me at llaney@richland2.org, I'll forward his information to you!

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Hi Jennifer!

I love this idea. I taught at a school where we worked with a non-profit to teach yoga + mindfulness to our lower elementary school students. It completely revolutionized my teaching practice. I now work for that non-profit teaching yoga and mindfulness at a middle school! One thing that we've noticed in our work is that mindfulness needs to come from the top down. Administrators and teachers need to practice and participate in mindfulness for the learning to be meaningful and impactful for students--a feat so hard to accomplish on so many levels! I am so happy that mindfulness in schools is being discussed and practiced more and more!

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Hi Jennifer Bull This is a great idea and very connected to the idea posted by LeCinda Jennings I would love to think about how we could implement something across grade levels so that students would have the same supports when they move on from the school. An idea would be to connect with LeCinda by email and start building out this idea. You can create a collaborative Google Doc and add the link to your contribution page. So excited to see this idea come to life!

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I love this idea! One of my friends is currently working to design a curriculum for conflict resolution and to help strengthen social/personal responsibility through mindfulness practices and physical activity. He is a middle school teacher in Richland 1 and I'm positive he'd love to collaborate. If you're interested, I can email you his personal information.

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This is such a necessary activity for students' voices to be heard and affirm their humanity.