Mindfulness for Today’s Professional: Why Grit is Important for Our Students

Posted: November 11, 2016

Program Description

Mindfulness is beginning to gain attention in different areas of life, one of which includes the field of education. It is rooted in simple principles, but it can be very difficult to incorporate in classrooms, psychology offices, parent meetings, and personal life. Its benefits include lowered stress/depression/anger, improved focus, increased happiness/perseverance/overall school performance. On a basic level, mindfulness helps individuals remain in the present while minimizing the negative impacts of dwelling on the past, fearing the future, and overthinking everything one does.

Angela Duckworth is the leading expert on grit. This presentation is based on her bestseller “Grit.” Much of her research confirms the value of working toward long term goals, perseverance in the face of adversity, staying focused, and overcoming failure. The former profession as a teacher led much of her research to focus on students, classroom, and teachers. This presentation highlights some of the book’s main points, research findings, and classroom strategies/approaches.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the basics of practicing mindfulness
  2. Identify at least three benefits of mindfulness
  3. Identify at least one way the mind can sabotage one’s emotional state
  4. Identify the basic principles of grit
  5. Explain why building grit in students is beneficial for school success
  6. Explain the value of normalizing failure

FEE: Members – Free ($75 yearly membership payable to DCASP), Guests – $25 payable at meeting.

For Act 48 credits please register on WebReg/My Learning Plan. The fee for Act 48 credits is $15, which can only be paid online through WebReg/My Learning Plan.

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FOR INFORMATION: Call Michele Weller at 215-853-1499 or email: delawarecountyasp@gmail.com

NOTE:  The Delaware County Association of School Psychologists is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Delaware County Association of School Psychologists maintains responsibility for the program(s). Certificates for three contact hours will be available.

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