MindUP – Our mission is to help young minds by nurturing resilience, hope, and optimism.
Goldie Hawn, The Hawn Foundation
What is MindUP?
Staff at Wendell Park are excited to be introducing the MindUP programme – a series of lessons and activities which every class will do throughout the year to help children to:
- learn better
- understand their own emotions and feelings
- be more positive and get on better with each other
Children take part in 15 MindUP lessons over the year, one lesson every two weeks.
Every day children will do three "Brain Breaks" in class. "Brain Breaks" are deep breathing exercises which children do to help them calm down and prepare them for learning in lessons.
MindUP helps to make the classroom a happier and safer place for children.
It reduces bullying and aggression and helps children to be more positive and understanding.
To find out more, see the website. http://www.thehawnfoundation.co.uk/mindup
What is a “Brain Break”?
Pause. Listen. Breathe. It can take less than a minute to tell our minds to relax and focus.
“Brain Breaks” are short listening and breathing exercises which children are taught to help them calm down and get ready to learn.
Once they have learnt the breathing exercise, they can use this themselves to stop, breathe and think before they act.
There are 15 MindUP lessons in total.
Unit 1: Getting Focused (Lessons 1-3)
Children are taught about the different parts of their brain and how they work.
They are taught about “Brain Breaks” and how to do them.
Unit 2: Sharpening Your Senses (Lessons 4-9)
Children learn about how their senses work, their moving bodies and the way they think.
Unit 3: It’s All About Attitude (Lessons 10-12)
Children learn how to understand each other and how to be more positive.
Unit 4: Taking Action Mindfully (Lessons 13-15)
Children learn to show gratitude and small acts of kindness in and outside of the classroom.
How Our Brains Work
Amygdala (The Guard Dog)
Our amygdala keeps us safe by reacting quickly if we are in danger. The amygdala is the emotional part of the brain. When we are angry or upset, our amygdala can stop us from making sensible decisions.
Prefrontal Cortex or PFC (The Wise Owl)
Our PFC helps us to think, learn and make good choices.
Hippocampus (Memory Saver)
Our hippocampus stores all our memories. When something happens to make us smile, our hippocampus will save that happy memory!
Utilising MindUP™ in the classroom allows teachers to:
- Help children maintain focused attention
- Form more accurate perceptions of students
- Think more clearly especially under pressure
- Improve communication with pupils, parents and staff
- Improve the overall classroom climate by infusing it with optimism and hope
- Helps to create a stronger, more vibrant school culture
- Be happier, more joyful and grateful — a disposition that ultimately spills out of the classroom and into private life
- Experience greater job satisfaction