8 – 9 April 2019


Tuesday 9 April | 1:15pm (Stream 2)

MINDFULNESS IN POSITIVE EDUCATION: WHAT DOES BEST PRACTICE LOOK LIKE?



 

Grant Rix

Grant Rix is a leader in mindfulness training, delivery and research in New Zealand. While at the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Grant created New Zealand's own evidence-based, curriculum aligned mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile, which is now being delivered in nearly 300 schools nationwide.

Grant has presented on mindfulness in New Zealand, Australia and China and has been involved in researching the effects of the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme in New Zealand schools alongside researchers from AUT University and the University of Auckland. He has co-authored four published papers and a book chapter in Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice.




Tuesday 9 April | 1:15pm (Stream 2)

MINDFULNESS IN POSITIVE EDUCATION: WHAT DOES BEST PRACTICE LOOK LIKE?

Teaching mindfulness in schools continues to grow in popularity. This is due mostly to the evidence of effectiveness, showing that mindfulness can improve executive functioning, self-managing behaviours, and increase positive states of wellbeing for both students and teachers. But how can you get the most out of a mindfulness initiative in your school to ensure that it benefits you and your students? In other words, what does best practice look like and how much personal mindfulness practice do you need to engage in for your school mindfulness initiative to be successful? 

This presentation will use lessons learned through the roll-out of the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme here in New Zealand, as well as what is happening abroad, in an attempt to form a picture of best practice. Only through a best practice approach will mindfulness in education become a sustainable positive contribution to the wellbeing of students and teachers alike, and not just a passing trend.

 

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