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Overview

Age From: 

3

Age To: 

11

Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students

Components: 

  • Component 1 : A positive school community
  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students
  • Component 4 : Helping children with mental health difficulties

Issues: 

  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Belonging and Connectedness

Overview: 

The MindUP curriculum is a universal program that teaches social and emotional learning skills that draw on cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training. The program is comprised of 15 lessons in which students are taught to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success.

Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of MindUP throughout your day, week, and year.

Delivery By: 

  • Primary teachers and staff
  • Allied health professionals

Aims: 

MindUP™ is a mindfulness-based social and emotional learning curriculum program for educators and students that aims to help children:

* Improve focus, concentration, and academic performance

* Reduce stress and anxiety

* Handle peer-to-peer conflicts

* Manage emotions and reactions

* Develop greater empathy toward others

* Choose optimism

Implementation/Delivery

State/s Available: 

  • National

Details: 

The MindUP curriculum is a universal program that teaches social and emotional learning skills that draw on cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training. The program is comprised of 15 lessons in which students are taught to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success.

Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help to extend the benefits of MindUP throughout the day, week, and year.

Beginning in the third lesson, MindUp establishes core practices of deep breathing and attentive listening, which are then practiced several times a day throughout the school year. These practices are designed to enhance student self-awareness, focus attention, promote self-regulation, and reduce stress. In addition there are 15 structured lessons that span four units. Each lesson provides an explanation of how the content and objective of the lesson is supported by brain research. The lessons also include a 'getting ready' activity, a MindUp warm-up, and detailed instructions to the teacher on how to engage students and support their exploration and reflection on the topic. In addition, there are suggestions for creating an 'optimistic classroom'. Throughout, the program works to promote generalisation and support connections to academic instruction, and there are suggested lesson extensions to support social and emotional development, mathematics, physical education, health, science and literature. MindUp also offers suggestions to support English Language Learners.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

Each Mind UP lesson begins with background information on the brain and introduces a specific area of concentration with an activity demonstrating how students’ brain functions. The Units and lessons are as follows:

Unit 1: Getting Focused

Lesson 1: How Our Brains Work

Lesson 2: Mindful Awareness

Lesson 3: Focused Awareness: The Core Practice

 

Unit 2: Sharpening Your Senses

Lesson 4: Mindful Listening

Lesson 5: Mindful Seeing

Lesson 6: Mindful Smelling

Lesson 7: Mindful Tasting

Lesson 8: Mindful Movement 1

Lesson 9: Mindful Movement 2

 

Unit 3: It’s All About Attitude

Lesson 10: Perspective Taking

Lesson 11: Choosing Optimism

Lesson 12: Appreciating Happy Experiences

 

Unit 4: Taking Action Mindfully

Lesson 13: Expressing Gratitude

Lesson 14: Performing Acts of Kindness

Lesson 15: Taking Mindful Action in the World

 

MindUP™ is designed to be delivered in a classroom learning environment. It is intended to provide a range of benefits to teachers as well as students.

The Hawn Foundation also offers a Learning Community to help support educators, schools, and organizations implementing the MindUP program.  The MindUP Learning Community becomes a digital portal with new content, resources, educator for educator best practice share, unique relational content and learning paths, dynamic training videos, exciting educator contributions, and implementation support ideas including lesson plans to successfully launch MindUP™!

Cost: 

The MindUP Curriculum, Grades pre K-2 (Ages 3-8) and Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11) are available for $18.74 USD each from the Scholastic Store at

http://store.scholastic.com/Books/Teaching-Resources/SearchCmd?Ntt=MindUP%20Curriculum&storeId=11301&urlRequestType=Base&RecordSearchKey=Series_Name&langId=-11301&catalogId=16551&N=4502

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

Structured Sessions: 

4

Student Assessment Measures: 

4

Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 

No

Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

No
Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 

2

Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

Program has at least one study demonstrating program effectiveness. Several research studies are ongoing, including longitudinal studies, studies on the effects of bullying and in different cultures.

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 

4

Competency 3 : Self-management: 

3

Competency 4 : Responsible decision-making: 

2

Competency 5 : Relationship skills: 

2

Identified Theoretical Framework: 

No

Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

MindUP is informed by research in cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness training, social and emotional learning, and positive psychology.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

Yes

References: 

Schonert-Reichl, K. A. and Lawlor, M. (2010). The Effects of a Mindfulness- Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence. Mindfulness.

S.Schonert- Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, D., Oberlander, T., & Diamond, A. (2011). Enhancing cognitive and social- emotional competence through a simple-to-administer school program.

Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

The Hawn Foundation

About the Author(s): 

The Hawn Foundation aims to transform children’s lives by providing vital social and emotional learning programs to reduce stress and aggressive behavior, improve focus and academic performance and increase resiliency for success in school and in life.

Contact Information: 

Australian inquiries, please contact Emma Shilston, MindUP Project Manager, at emma.shilston@thehawnfoundation.org