Sample expectations and assessment to use with a Mindfulness Unit:
In this unit, students will:
- learn the role of the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex in our day to day functioning.
- explore how their brain responds to stress.
- review what mindfulness means and how practicing it can be beneficial.
- contrast mindful vs mindless behaviour.
- learn and practice strategies for quieting their minds with the intent of becoming better at self regulating, increasing their capacity to take in information, and improve relationship skills.
Students will be expected to:
- label brain diagram, describe the roles of the amygdala, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex (matching of brain part and descriptor), and explain how they work together during our day to day functioning.
- describe how mindfulness works to reduce stress and help the brain to function more effectively.
- compare mindful vs unmindful behaviour.
- write a journal entry reflecting on their experience with mindfulness and core practice.
Assessment will also be based on participation during class discussions and teacher observations during mindfulness activities.