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Wednesday, April 22 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Mindful in the Middle

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Mindfulness and contemplative practices have been growing in popularity as educators look for new and engaging ways to provide much-needed social and emotional education for students. Studies show that mindfulness practices can lead to decreases in stress and anxiety, improvements in focus and concentration, and overall increases in self-awareness and emotional stability. The Mindful in the Middle Project was designed to bring the growing field of mindfulness in education to Asheville Middle School in the form of week-long slacklining and mindful eating interventions led by UNCA students during health and PE classes. The project is currently in the second round of intervention and has reached over 450 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (2/3 of the student population).  When asked how familiar they are with the concept of mindfulness before and after the first round of intervention, the percentage of students who reported that they know a little or lot about mindfulness increased from 61% to 83%. Our hope is that familiarity with mindfulness will lead to greater self-awareness and to tangible benefits that can be observed in and outside the classroom

Wednesday April 22, 2015 4:40pm - 5:00pm PDT
410 Wilma Sherrill Center