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Mindful awareness is paying careful attention to what is happening now, and noticing when your attention drifts away. Mindful awareness practices help people of all ages develop habits that make us better decision makers. Strategies for developing mindfulness include breathing exercises and awareness activities.
Included in the Mindful Choices Program:
- Mindful breathing exercises (in audio recordings and written scripts) to incorporate into the daily classroom routine
- Plans for mini-lessons that support deeper understanding of mindfulness-related concepts: attention to detail, strengthening self- control, and maintaining focus
- Ideas for integrating mindful awareness practices into your classroom throughout the year
Research Has Shown:
- Higher levels of emotional control, optimism and empathy than students who were not instructed in mindfulness (“Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids’ Math Scores” –Time, Jan. 26, 2015).
- Reduced behavior problems and aggression among students (“San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation” – NBC Nightly News, Dec. 29, 2014).
- Improvement with metacognition and their ability to maintain attention. These students also showed improvements in memory, planning, and organization (The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland).
- Increased impulse control (Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel).
- “Utilizing mindfulness breathing activities has been helpful during our after lunch transition. It gives the students a chance to re-set and calm themselves as we come back into the classroom.” -- Elementary school teacher, Hardy Williams Academy
- “My students enjoyed all of the activities. I see a noticeable improvement in the tone of the room. I hope to continue the program next year. Thank you for all of your hard work with us.” -- Elementary school teacher, Vare-Washington School
The Alliance for Decision Education is dedicated to the belief that better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Our mission is to improve lives by empowering students with the decision skills to be better decision makers and better understand the world they live in.
Working with education experts, we created engaging and award-winning programs that introduced decision skills to students across the country. Our programs and instructional content help develop students’ critical thinking, social, and emotional skills. In addition, we support and assist research to develop new products, interventions, and instructional methods to help bring Decision Education to every Middle and High School student.
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