Mindfulness in the Classroom

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In this section, we want to address some of the obstacles you may come across in the classroom and to provide some ways for you to help students manage their mental health effectively. We know 93.2% of students at Brock feel overwhelmed. We also know students often use a wide variety of coping strategies to deal with stress.

Helping students build effective coping and resilience strategies is more important than ever. Several professors at Brock are working with their students to increase student resiliency and are being innovative in their teaching strategies and models. Integration of resiliency and coping strategies into your models are critical to helping your students succeed.

Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment” (Kabat-Zinn 2003, p.144). Research has shown practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits including improved memory and attention and reduced negative emotions and stress.

Using mindfulness as a technique in your classroom can have many benefits. Mindfulness is often used as a relaxation technique and can potentially bring ease to both you and your students.

Enjoy this video by Brock’s very own, Dr. Paula Gardner, on how she facilitates meditation and mindfulness in her classes.

 Are you interested in getting involved with mindfulness?
 Are you looking for new innovative ways to engage students
in the present moment?
To join the Mindful Community of Practice through the CPI email jgrose@brocku.ca
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    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Counsellors
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    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    1200 Fourth Ave.
    St. Catharines, ON  L2S 0A9
    905-378-4647

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    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    1-866-925-5454

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