MindUp Curriculum

Our Class Does Yoga /MindUp Curriculum and Cosmic Kids

What is MindUp Curriculum?




MindUP curriculum is a comprehensive,classroom tested, evidence based curriculum implemented by easy that foster social, emotional
awareness, enhance psychological well being, and promotes academic success.

The MindUP classroom is an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindup attention to ones self and others, tolerance
of differences, and the capacity of each member of the community to grow as a human being and a learner. MindUP expansive dynamic
is to a large extent on routine practices that are inherent to the MindUP Curriculum.  Over the course of the MindUP experience, children learn about the brain and how it functions, in the process gaining insight into their own minds and behaviors as well as those of the people around them.
 
How does MindUP work?
 
MindUP is accomplished through lessons themselves, which includes repetition of the core practice, deep belly breathing and attentive listening. The core practice makes mindful attention the foundation for learning and interacting: ideally, it is repeated for a few moments of each school day throughout the year.

Each lesson begins with background information on the brain, introducing a specific area of concentration with an activity in which children
can see concrete examples of how their brain functions.  As the class becomes accustomed to learning about the ways in which the brain processes information, my students will become habitually more observant of their own learning process.

MindUP offers the children insight that respond to the natural thoughtfulness of young people and lead to self regulation of their behavior. MindUP is dedicated to the belief that the child who learns to monitor his or her senses and feelings becomes more aware and better understands how to respond to the world reflectively instead of reflexively.
 
Who Needs MindUP?
 
Everyone. Joyful engagement isn't incidental: it's essential.  Young people today are no strangers to stress. From early age, they experience stress from  a range of of sources. For some, it goes hand in hand with pressure to achieve; for others, it may be linked to emotional deprivation or limited educational resources. What ever the particular circumstance, any one of these factors could hamper a child's ability to learn without anxiety. In " communities of turmoil" (Tatum, 2009), children often cope with several problems at once, and suffer from chronic stress- with consequences that can be disastrous for their learning and their lives. MindUP addresses these obstacles to productive learning and living by offering children and teachers simple practice and insights that become tools for self management and self possession. At the same, the MindUP program works to make learning joyful and fun by emphasizing learning modes in which children flourish:
 
  1. lively instruction that invites problem solving, discussion, and exploration.
  2. teacher modeling and coaching.
  3. cross-age mentoring and decision making among children
  4. conflict resolution
  5. inquiry and the arts
The Research Base
 
The use of the practices in MindUP is informed by leading edge emotional learning (SEL), and positive psychology.  MindUP pursues objectives roughly parallel to those of the five point framework of competencies laid out in the work of the collaboration for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  (CASEL: ww.casel.org). a not for profit organization at the forefront in efforts to advance the science-and evidence practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). The area of competency are:

Self Awareness
Assessing our feelings, interests, values, and strengths: maintaining self-confidence

Self Management
Regulating emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles

Social Awareness
Understanding different perspective and empathizing with others, recognizing and appreciating similarities and differences, using family, school, community resources effectively.

Relationship Skills
Maintaining healthy relationships based on cooperation, resisting inappropriate social pressure, preventing, managing, and interpersonal conflicts, seeking help when needed.

Responsible Decision Making
Using a variety of considering, including ethical, academic, and community related standards to make choices and decisions.

For more information about the curriculum:http://www.casel.org and https://mindup.org/thehawnfoundation/ developed in partnership with Columbia University for New Media Teaching and Learning.