Smiling Mind: Creating a mindful generation
Dr Addie Wootten
Join Smiling Mind for an interactive workshop to explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the education setting. This workshop will provide an overview of mindfulness, what it is, what benefits it provides and why consider bringing mindfulness into your classroom. The workshop will also explore the results of research completed by Smiling Mind that evaluated the impact of an 8-week mindfulness program across 12 schools, 1853 students and 104 teachers. Learn how to use the Smiling Mind program in your school and join us at this workshop.
Dr Addie Wootten brings her extensive background in clinical psychology, research and e-health to her position of CEO of Smiling Mind. Addie is a well-known leader in her field, delivering and researching innovative programs to enhance the wellbeing of people with cancer. She has developed and evaluated a range of online wellbeing tools, and has published widely. Addie has been using mindfulness meditation as a part of her clinical psychology practice for many years, and also has a strong personal mindfulness practice.
A wonderful opportunity for teachers to taste a bit of mindfulness.
Amidst the hectic pace of modern schooling, how can a little bit of mindfulness help a teacher through his or her busy day?
Suitable for the absolute beginner or the experienced practitioner alike, this session focuses on mindfulness specifically for the education sector.
The session will briefly introduce participants to the theory that underlies mindfulness. We focus on mindfulness from a teacher’s perspective, and how it can help teachers to better manage the stress and pressure of modern classrooms – in the firm belief that perhaps the most important ingredient in a successful classroom is a happy, relaxed teacher.
Most of the session will be devoted to teachers ‘doing’ some mindfulness, including a breathing exercise and a wonderfully soothing body scan practice to help teachers relax both mind and body.
The session will conclude with a look at how teachers can themselves teach these simple yet powerful exercises to their students as a way of further embedding mindfulness in the classroom.
This highly practical session is also the perfect way to unwind a little bit at lunchtime during the busy conference to help you stay nice and calm so you can reap all the benefits that the Positive Schools program has to offer.
Brad is the founder and director of Felstead Education, one of Australia’s leading specialist providers of mindfulness programs for the education sector.
He has a passion for helping people to achieve at their personal best, while maintaining excellent health and managing the stresses associated with modern life.
Brad is the creator of numerous educational programs including Mindfulness for Teachers, The Mindful School, Mindfulness for Teenagers and The Mindful School Leader. He is also the author of The Balanced Student, The Art of Relaxation and the upcoming Teen Sleep.
Brad has over 20 years experience as an educator, and his range of lectures, DVDs and presentations, covering a broad range of subjects, have been seen by over 200,000 viewers in close to 1000 schools throughout Australia, Europe, America and Asia.