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Teaching Mindfulness to Kids and Teens

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Author/Publisher/Website: Saltzman, A.; Willard, C.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2020
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781462522385
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-12
(View recommended grades and subjects) Physical and Health Education

Resource Description

This professional resource is an in-depth anthology aimed at educators, parents, counselors, or therapists that promotes the benefits and practice of mindfulness for children from K to 12. It provides educators with foundational knowledge, support, and encouragement to implement and teach mindfulness in a variety of disciplines to all ages of students. Combining current research and theory, it also includes suggested strategies, activities, vignettes, and scripts for educators to use with their classes. Educators can adapt the concepts covered to meet the needs of their individual students and classes.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This resource supports the Big Idea "healthy choices influence, and are influenced by, our physical, emotional, and mental well-being" in the Physical and Health Education curriculum for Grades K-10. It supports the Big Idea that "Spending time outdoors allows us to develop an understanding of the natural environment and ourselves," in the Physical and Health curriculum for grades 11 and 12. This resource provides useful strategies to support the Curricular Competencies under mental well-being such as practices that promote mental well-being, strategies for managing problems related to mental well-being, and strategies for managing physical, emotional, and social changes.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Language:
There are occasional occurrences of profanity such as, "Fucking friends" and "fucking monk."
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Moderately
Social Considerations Comments:
The social considerations support student learning. The profanity used in the vignettes describes personal accounts that lead to eventually embracing mindfulness.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Moderately
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This is a professional anthology that provides educators with a deeper understanding of topics relating to teaching mindfulness for K-12 students. The content reads easily and is current and relevant to educators who wish to learn more about teaching mindfulness. Educators have flexibility to adapt mindfulness concepts to the needs of the students with whom they work. With 438 pages, there may be excessive detail for most educators seeking to learn about using mindfulness. The intended audience for this resource includes therapists, counselors, educators, parents, and other adults working with children and teens. The activities occasionally list adaptations that can be made.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Moderately
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource contains minimal visuals in the form of charts, diagrams, and sketches. Each chapter features a different author(s) who focuses on their specialty in the area of mindfulness. The book has a table of contents and an index.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Moderately
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource is an anthology that includes twenty-one chapters on a variety of topics relating to mindfulness. The concepts, examples, observations, and instructional activities are clearly explained and appropriate for educators, counselors or other adults working with children and teens. The content for each chapter is introduced and gradually becomes more detailed and specific. While the various authors provide some strategies for the implementation of mindfulness, there is limited scaffolding for instruction or assessment. The content in this resource is appropriate for educators with a wide range of teaching styles and adaptable to students of a variety of ages and abilities.

PROFESSIONAL PRINT

Does the resource support the philosophy and pedagogy of one or more BC curriculum?
Extensively
Does the resource support the development of educators as reflective practitioners?
Extensively
Does the resource provide support for instructional planning?
Extensively
Does the resource support instructional delivery?
Extensively
Does the resource support teachers with practical ideas when attempting change?
Extensively
Is the scope and depth of topics covered consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Is grounded in current pedagogical theory
Cites research base
Gives suggestions of student activities
Contains samples of student work
Provides teacher anecdotes
Provides opportunities for differentiation
Provides suggestions for further reading
Has cross-curricular applications
Is relevant for primary
Is relevant for intermediate
Is relevant for secondary
Comments:
This book addresses the BC Core Competency of social and emotional learning. It provides support and encouragement in the implementation and teaching of mindfulness to develop students' critical and creative thinking.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This anthology provides educators, parents, counselors, or therapists with a wide foundational knowledge on a breadth of mindfulness topics for children in elementary through high school years. While this resource focuses on the research, theory, and reasons to use mindfulness with children and teens, many chapters also include some suggested strategies, activities, vignettes, and scripts for educators to try in the classroom. This resource would be an informative read for educators seeking professional development to gain a greater understanding of teaching and implementing mindfulness in the classroom and in other settings such as the outdoors.
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