I was excited to start the MindUP curriculum with my students. After attending the Heart and Mind Conference at the Dalai Lama Center in 2012 where we got to listen to Goldie talk about this program she created, I knew it was somehow going to be a strong part of my practice as a teacher. Now I get to share this program across four schools. How fun.
Why I like MindUP:
It is a brain-based program that focuses on the social and emotional development and well-being of children.
It is based on neuroscience and the concept of mindfulness.
It is well laid out in 15 lessons that are easy to follow with lots of ideas to extend into other subject areas.
It empowers students to take control of their feelings and actions by understanding what is happening in their brains.
It creates a positive and optimistic classroom and school community.