Like all in life, not all professional development opportunities are created equal, and with a limited budget, it makes sense to make wise choices – for yourself and your school. To help us on our way, Edutopia has shared an interesting checklist, based on work published in the Journal of Research on Technology in Education. The challenge here is build and trust a network strong and broad enough to support development of the data needed to make informed decisions about where we give our time.
This past term I launched into .b with my students. Spread out across half of the school year and interspersed between council sessions and homeroom ‘business’, .b has given us a chance to dig deeper into our daily practice. Expanding on what we do and why. The aim here is strengthening our students ability to cope with MYP and life beyond. According to the Mindfulness in Schools site, ‘.b [dot-be], is the name for the range of courses created by the Mindfulness in Schools Project, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness in schools.’
My hope is the hook – with students connecting to practice in their passions – sport, music, and coping with the dramas in life.
Over the next months, I will hone my own practice and prepare for my approach to students and colleagues. I will use this space to collect and collate some resources on mindfulness in and out of school. Further suggestions are most welcome!
Here is a good start: Jon Kabat-Zinn bringing definition to mindfulness:
To be filed under, ‘not-sure-what-to-do-with-this, but-can’t-pass-it-by’: The Macaulay Library of Animal Sounds – the world’s largest, with field recordings of over 75% of all bird species.
PopSci and The Atlantic are currently featuring an interesting perspective on the limits of language – captured through this infographic by Pei-Ying Ling on emotions. Is it true that what we feel is limited to what we are able to label?
So Bad So Good takes it further with this practical reference to 25 non-English words worth remembering!