Mindfulness

Mindfulness

0.50 USBE Credits
Super Creatives understand the connection between mind and body along with the impact of their environment to do their best work. This microcredential reflects the ability of an educator to help learners understand how to optimize their brain function processes to support learning and creativity.

DESCRIPTION

To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two evidence items from the list below to demonstrate your effective and consistent use of mindfulness in both your instruction and your personal practices. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!

FEES

You will be charged $25 by the badge provider. You'll be charged at the point you submit your badge for final review.

CLARIFICATIONS

While meditation for some people may be part of how they practice mindfulness, mindfulness is more about being aware about what your brain and soul need to operate in the most optimum way for learning, performance and happiness. Although mindfulness is about focusing on experiences occurring in the present moment, it doesn’t preclude the ability to plan for and look to the future. Part of mindfulness is knowing how to manage one’s environment to support it.

IMPORTANT TERMS

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. It is about optimizing what your body, mind and soul needs to function optimally. Each person has a different set of things that work for them.

BACKGROUND SCENARIO

Ms. M understands that when learners show up into her classroom, they are coming to her with all kinds of experiences – good, bad – in addition to a variety of other emotions and distractions. At the beginning of the year, she has learners explore how their brains work and strategies for clearing the mind, getting focused and being aware about their needs for optimum learning, engagement and happiness. At the beginning of each class, she has learners implement their practices for a few minutes. For some, it means doing some physical activity like pushups. For others, it entails listening to certain music or meditating. Ms. M is working with her school team to provide more structured times throughout the school day to help learners including using more block scheduling, morning circles, more opportunities for unstructured physical activity and extra time at the beginning of each class period.

EVIDENCE OPTIONS

Video: Submit a 5-10 minute video of your mindfulness instruction. This video should demonstrate the effectiveness and consistency of your mindfulness instruction. Specifically, this video should show your learners' mindfulness practices and demonstrate how it is structured into the day.

Be sure to follow all relevant district/charter student privacy guidelines in creating and submitting this video.

Student Work: Submit samples of student work. These samples should demonstrate the effectiveness and consistency of your mindfulness instruction. Specifically these samples of work should show learner exploration work around how their mind functions and their discovery about what works for them to optimize their learning, creativity and focus.

Lesson Plan: Submit a lesson plan of your own design that you have used in your instruction. This lesson plan should demonstrate the effectiveness of your mindfulness instruction. This should be a lesson plan used to help students explore how their mind works and for learners to develop their personalized ways to optimize their learning, creativity, and focus that can be used in school.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent use of mindfulness experiences during instruction.

Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: There is a periodic process for learners to conduct guided exploration about how their brain works and what enables them specifically to promote mindfulness and optimize their learning, creativity and focus.

Criterion 2: There are opportunities for personalized mindfulness routines including physical activities to be conducted by learners on a routine basis.

Criterion 3: Educators perform their own practices along with learners.

REFLECTION PROMPTS

  1. Describe how you have incorporated Mindfulness into your lesson plans and how it has affected your personal learning process.

  2. Illustrate how your learners’ knowledge and use of being Mindful has affected their work, and if applicable, their overall attitude and behavior.

  3. Based on what you have learned so far, what can you, as an educator, do more of, less of or differently to better support and encourage what you do as an educator and for your students to develop and nurture their Mindfulness?

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: Authenticity – did you actually do it, what have you learned and what are you going to do next?

Criterion 2: Specific next steps for further implementation that will impact more of your practice – what you are going to do more and less of.

Criterion 3: Clarity and focus of impact on learners, where it made a difference and where there are still challenges in the process for the next iteration of implementation.

RESOURCES

A Creative Person’s Success Manual
https://goallcreative.com/pendenshambook
Free. Inspiring quick read with practical tools. Every creative should read this. Written by Oscar nominated filmmaker, Pen Densham.

Game Thinking: Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games 2nd Edition
Find it on Amazon.com
Named by Fortune as one of the top 10 influential women in games, Amy Jo Kim is a social game designer, community architect, and startup coach. Her design credits include Rock Band, The Sims, eBay, Netflix, Covet Fashion, nytimes.com, Ultima Online, Happify and Pley. She pioneered the idea of applying game design to digital services, and is known for her book, Community Building on the Web (Peachpit, 2000). She holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington and a BA in Experimental Psychology. Amy Jo is passionate about helping entrepreneurs innovate faster and smarter; she teaches Game Thinking at Stanford University and is an adjunct professor of Game Design at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Go All Creative EDU Special Edition Season 1
https://goallcreative.com/edu
Ted Fujimoto, education innovator and school designer, and Leigh Faith, film and television actress and content producer, created the series, Go All Creative EDU, for educators to specifically help bring the protocols and practices used by the world’s top Super Creatives that most would not normally have access to into their professional development, team meetings, classrooms and homes. Season 1 covers the main themes that arose from these conversations: Iteration to create the best solutions, leveraging curiosity to rewire the brain, using mindfulness and managing your environment to optimize your mental and physical well-being, using calibration to achieve excellence and forming relationships that become foundational to success. Featured Super Creatives include: Pen Densham - Oscar nominated filmmaker (i.e., Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft) Tricky Stewart - Grammy award-winning music producer and songwriter (i.e., Beyoncé/Single Ladies, Rihanna/Umbrella) Jeremy Soule - BAFTA award-winning music composer (i.e., Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Harry Potter, Skyrim) Dani Deahl - DJ, producer, journalist, TEDX speaker And many more…

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
Find it on Amazon.com
Overwork is the new normal. Rest is something to do when the important things are done-but they are never done. Looking at different forms of rest, from sleep to vacation, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. He combines rigorous scientific research with a rich array of examples of writers, painters, and thinkers---from Darwin to Stephen King---to challenge our tendency to see work and relaxation as antithetical. "Deliberate rest," as Pang calls it, is the true key to productivity, and will give us more energy, sharper ideas, and a better life. Rest offers a roadmap to rediscovering the importance of rest in our lives, and a convincing argument that we need to relax more if we actually want to get more done.

Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not getting Eaten
Find it on Amazon.com
A bestseller that is the first artist-friendly screenwriting guide to success by an Oscar nominated Hollywood insider whose productions have grossed more than a billion dollars. Riding the Alligator is different from other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own personal creative process, and shares Pen’s best kept secrets for selling your creations and yourself. Pen is your own, warm, funny, personal mentor as you read this book. Actress Robin Wright says: “It is like getting a UC screenwriting course for under $30!!!”. Pen draws from his own extremely simple breakthrough techniques, shares his inspiring philosophy of finding a personal well of creativity from your inner voice, to overcoming the many challenges in a unique business, managing stress, the real secrets to selling your work, finding the right agent and being true to one's nature to create a lasting and passion filled career. The book is hailed by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, as well as heads of major motion picture studios and academics from top film schools including USC, UCLA, NYU and AFI.

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