Mindful Arts in the Classroom: Stories and Creative Activities for Social and Emotional Learning

Mindful Arts in the Classroom: Stories and Creative Activities for Social and Emotional Learning

by Andrew Jordan Nance

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946764133
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 450,283
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for more than twenty-five years. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco schools. Nance is also an award-winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for eighteen years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is on the board of directors of several educational nonprofit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond, California; San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater Center; and Arts Ed Matters, a California-based arts-integration organization. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Preface 3

Introduction: The Mindful Classroom 9

Lesson 1 Introductions and Breathing 23

Getting to Know Your Students and Teaching Them How to Breathe Mindfully

Levels 2 My Puppy Mind 35

How to Train the Mind to Heel to the Present Moment

Lesson 3 Mindful Poem and Puppy Mind Game 45

Two Ways to Focus the Mind and Body to Stay in the Present Moment

Lesson 4 What Is Your Superpower? 53

How to Develop Our Five Senses of Sound, Sight, Smell, Touch, and Taste

Lesson 5 Just Stop and Breathe 63

How We Can Notice Our Feelings, Then Peacefully Proceed

Lesson 6 The Lion in Me 73

How to Name and Tame Anger, Our Inner Beast

Lesson 7 Finding the Pleasant in the Present 83

Noticing the Beauty Right in Front of You

Lesson 8 Bunny Flips His Lid 91

How to Drop Out of Flight, Fight, or Freeze

Lesson 9 The Wise Man and the Two Wolves 101

The Care and Feeding of Kindness

Lesson 10 What Size Is Kindness? 109

The Cultivation of Kindness and Heartfulness

Lesson 11 Mindful Midterm 119

A Review of All We Have Learned So Far

Lesson 12 Fearing the Wind 125

A Folktale that Teaches Compassion for Our Past and Present

Lesson 13 The Great Silver Deer King 135

A Folktale that Teaches Compassion, Courage, and Forgiveness

Lesson 14 Alli-Gator, the Investigator 145

How to Dial Up Our Curiosity to Explore Everything!

Lesson 15 Rainbow Walk (or Ride) and Scientists on Safari 151

Practice of Mindful Seeing I

Lesson 16 Nervous Nessie 159

Noticing Shyness and the Practice of Mindful Speech

Lesson 17 My Butterfly Belly 169

How to Keep Calm When Cocooning in Your Room Is Not an Option

Lesson 18 Mindful Museum 179

Mindful Movement

Lesson 19 Mindful Eating 187

Slowing Down to Notice the Pleasures of Eating

Lesson 20 Emotional Musical Chairs 193

Empathy Practices for Yourself and Others

Lesson 21 Now You See It, Now You Don't 201

Mindful Seeing II

Lesson 22 Mindful Moments Review and Mindfulness Award Ceremony 209

Appendix A Mindful Extras 217

Appendix B Mindful Breathing Options 235

Appendix C A Meditation for Difficult Times for Students and Teachers 242

Appendix D Guidelines for Additional Facilitator(s) in the Classroom 244

Appendix E Mindfulness Lesson Roster/Activity Log 246

Appendix F Materials for Additional Activities and Resources 248

Resources 260

Acknowledgments 261

About the Author 262

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