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Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers

 

'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' is NESA accredited workshop that counts for 14 hours of Professional Development at the level of Proficient Teacher.


In this two-day workshop, you will explore the variety of applications of mindfulness in the school environment and learn how teachers can use mindfulness in the creation and maintenance of supportive, safe and effective learning environments.

Key Information

Workshop dates: 24 - 25 March 2018 (9 am - 5 pm) Duration: 14 hours in total
Teacher: Catherine Ramos Cost: $250
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia

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What is Mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is a transformative and experiential life skill, which develops:

  • Self-regulation of attention
  • Awareness of the present moment
  • The ability to be open, curious and accepting of yourself
  • Taming and shaping your mind in tune with your body
  • Strong / clear cognition
  • Collectedness – a foundation for recollection
  • Non-interfering
  • Non-reactive observation

 

About the Workshop

'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' explores the theoretical foundations for mindfulness practice as well as the practical and experiential methods and techniques of meditation.

Teachers will explore several techniques and their application in the school environment, examining how to use each technique in the following areas:

  • Behavioural management
  • Student well-being
  • Teaching techniques/lesson craft
  • Fostering positive environments
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teacher well-being
  • Promotion of harmonious, balanced and productive environments
     

Practical mindfulness teaching tools will be explored and how teachers might use these tools to establish and maintain an orderly and workable classroom environment, with a focus on moment-to-moment awareness and learning.


The application of mindfulness as a tool for behaviour management and the establishment of an environment where there are clear expectations of student behaviour will be addressed. The connection between mindfulness and the relationship between teachers and students, and conflict resolution will be explored; thus, providing teachers with a unique approach to classroom management, through promoting harmony, balance and productivity in the school environment.


The course aims to promote mindfulness as a teaching strategy which encourages students’ strengths and the individual and diverse needs of students to meet cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' involves training both students and teachers in Buddhist meditative techniques and determining the personal and environmental benefits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain Mindfulness through an Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Identify and understand the application of Mindfulness techniques in well-being systems in the school environment and as a personal practice for teachers
  • Understanding of current research in Mindfulness and how this research can assist in the development of school based Mindfulness programs
  • Opportunities for teachers to plan and brainstorm Mindfulness  initiatives for their individual schools
  • Exploration of a variety of Mindfulness techniques and their application in a variety of school situations
  • Practical instructions and practice in a variety of Mindfulness techniques
  • Exploration of Mindfulness techniques as an effective behavioural management tool
  • Understanding of the issues in the implementation of Mindfulness based programs in the school environment.

 

Your Teacher

Catherine Ramos

Catherine Ramos has been a high school teacher with the Department of Education for over 20 years. She has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies, and also holds a Bachelor of Education in English and History.
 

Catherine has been conducting a research project on 'Mindfulness in High Schools' with the objective of establishing the efficacy of mindfulness and loving kindness training on Year 10-12 students in the school environment.

Accreditation

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'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' has been accredited by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority)

 

 

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