Today, we had another opportunity to talk to the Trisquel International School in Spain and teach them more about mindfulness in our Mindful Mondays program (though not always on Monday). This time, we taught them about mindful walking and glitter jar meditation, holding up a glitter jar to the computer screen and giving oral instructions while the students looked at the jar from the other side.
Some members of our team also took Spanish in our school, so a few of the instructions that we gave were in Spanish!
We look forward to more skypes with the Trisquel International School and other schools to further spread our mindfulness teachings!
As you may remember from last year, we presented at the NJAGC (New Jersey Associate for Gifted Children) about healthy coping strategies and social-emotional learning for gifted students.
This year, we were invited back to the conference to present again, this time to teach educators about mindful coping strategies aimed to reduce both student and teacher stress.
Dr. MC originally introduced us, talking a bit about what we did last year including CASEL - a social emotional chart, Wellness Fair, and sessions.
To end the session, we held a Q&A where teachers could ask us more about our mindfulness training programs and other questions.
After the session, we had many teachers come up to us, interested in our Panther "Pause" Challenge course online, which they wanted to use with their students. This gave us a great opportunity to implement mindfulness in more classrooms.
On Saturday, March 11th, our team went to Kean University to compete in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) competition in the category Community Problem Solving. This is the second time we've attended this competition - once last year when we were focusing on healthy coping strategies for our peers, and once this year while focusing on mindful coping strategies for the educational community.
We walked away from this event with 1st place among all the middle division CmPS teams. This means that we'll be going to the International Competition in June at Wisconsin! Last year, we attended the IC in Michigan.
We will use feedback that we receive from judges to improve our display, video, and scrapbook at the International Competition! Go NüYü!
This Sunday, 3/5, we held a mindfulness session at the Plainsboro Library for parents. During this hour-long session, we discussed various mindful coping strategies that parents could utilize in their families and especially with their children.
First, we led participants through the Autopilot Activity, which we mentioned in previous posts. Instructions for that are in the Panther "Pause" Challenge Online Course section of our website.
Then, we continued a discussion about mindfulness and how to use it in everyday life.
All in all, the session was a great success and we gained lots of positive feedback from the participants. We plan on having another library session in the future. Keep an eye out for that!
Today we spoke with the Director of the Trisquel International School, Laura Wahine, and her students on how mindfulness is important for everyone. We are going to be hosting Mindful Mondays so the students can join us through Google Hangouts. We're excited to collaborate with our new friends in Spain!
When many of our peers were enjoying the 4-day weekend, we seized on an opportunity to teach our school district's teachers about mindfulness at the staff development day. We introduced our research, discussed strategies all teachers can incorporate in their classrooms (glitter jars, meditation before tests, gratitude journaling, mindful snacking), and walked the groups through an autopilot activity. The feedback was really helpful and many teachers stayed after our sessions and requested that we come to their classrooms to work with their students!
On February 10th, we were contacted by Princeton Community T.V. with a wonderful opportunity to set up an interview with some of our members and spread the word to our community about mindfulness and our project.
Four of us - Phanisree A., Jonathan S., Palak M., and Shreya J. - attended the interview to answer questions about what mindfulness is and why it is beneficial in everyone’s daily life. We mentioned our accomplishments, such as the overwhelming attendance to our 2nd Annual Wellness Fair and Panther “Pause” Challenge.
We made sure to mention that mindfulness is not only meditation and yoga - because it’s not. Any activity that involves being present and aware is mindfulness and we were sure that the statement opened the eyes of many people who were under the incorrect impression. After that, we mentioned that people like Kobe Bryant, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Michael Phelps and many other famous figures used mindfulness we were sure to get some heads turning.
This Saturday, eight members of our team went to Grover Middle School once again, this time to present at EdCamp Encore - the follow-up discussion of EdCamp NJ. In this event, teachers and educators from all around New Jersey came to discuss topics previously brought up in EdCamp NJ. We held a discussion with teachers about mindfulness in the classroom, and led them through a "Get off Autopilot" activity in which teachers followed commands, such as "walk" and "stop," but them having the definitions changed. Suddenly, when we said "walk," they'd stop, and at "stop," they walk.
Next, we talked about how teachers can implement mindfulness in their classrooms - and what they're already doing for that. Some shared that they held meditation practices occasionally before and after a test, and we shared simple mindfulness practices that they could do as well, such as:
Some teachers attending this discussion attended our last EdCamp session, but most didn't. Using this session was a great way to continue spreading the word about our project and encouraging teachers to implement mindfulness into their classrooms. We met with several teachers afterwards to discuss various methods of implementation, and continue corresponding with them - we even started planning a meeting date in which we would meet with one of the teachers' students to teach them about mindfulness!
On Friday from 6-8 pm, 1/20/17, we held our SECOND annual Wellness Fair at CMS! We are proud to report that 241 people showed up - way more than last year, and more than the 167 registrations we got on our flyer! The Wellness Fair was split up into four main time slots - the registration in which participants checked their name off the list of attendees and picked their very first sessions, and three sessions afterwards, in which people could choose from the following options:
We want to thank the following people for contributing to our Wellness Fair - we couldn't have done it without you!
Therapy Dogs & Attitudes in Reverse
The Wellness Fair was a great success and helped us reach out to many people within our community - what will be NüYü's next big event? Keep an eye out for round two of the Panther "Pause" Challenge Sessions!