Week 28 -- "Practicing Mindfulness Techniques" -- Grade 11

Week 28 -- "Practicing Mindfulness Techniques" -- Grade 11

Practicing Mindfulness Techniques 

Grade 11

Brief Summary: Millions of people – teens and adults – are trying to manage massive amounts of information coming at them every single minute of the day. Like everyone else, they are trying to find ways to manage their attention so they can focus for more than a minute at a time. Trying to manage attention while keeping up with the steady flow of data into your brain ultimately stresses both your brain and your body. Mindfulness is a way to handle this stress. Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment and not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. It is about being aware of your breathing and accepting the moment for what it is. It’s not easy, but it is highly beneficial. In this lesson, students practice specific mindfulness techniques that can be used for stress reduction.

Lesson Objectives

  1. Students will define mindfulness. 
  2. Students will explain how mindfulness can help to reduce stress. 
  3. Students will demonstrate the use of at least one mindfulness technique. 

Shared Vocabulary:

  1. Mindfulness – the quality or state of being aware of something
  2. Stress – a physical or emotional experience accompanied by predictable physical, psychological, and behavioral changes; usually unpleasant 
  3. Multitasking – the act of doing or trying to pay attention to more than one thing at a time

Key Takeaways:

  1. Students today are feeling intense pressure and stress caused by information overload, pressure to perform, and concerns about the future. 
  2. Stress manifests itself in many ways and can eventually lead to mental health concerns. 
  3. One way to minimize stress is to practice mindfulness, techniques to slow your breathing and be more aware of the present moment. 
  4. Mindfulness is not associated with any specific religion or religious ceremony. 

Continue the Conversation: 

  1. The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing: 
    1. How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling? 
    2. What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
  2. Self, Others, World: 
    1. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself? 
    2. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help your friends and family? 
    3. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help other people you may encounter?
  3. When are you most aware of your thinking? What can you do in those moments to slow down your thoughts? 

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