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2. Set

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Students are introduced to mindfulness and its benefits. They are then challenged to take responsibility for their lives by practicing mindfulness.


Inform students that, over the next couple of weeks, they will be learning about and practicing mindfulness. Before diving any further into the topic, or responding to students’ questions, concerns or complaints, watch the TEDx Talk, “Why Aren’t We Teaching You Mindfulness” by AnneMarie Rossi.

After the video, take five minutes to explore students’ answers to the following prompts:

  • Mindfulness is defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”.
  • How can you purposefully pay attention to something?
  • Think about an average day. How much time do you spend worrying about the past or predicting the future? How does this get in the way of experiencing the present moment?
  • In your own words, describe what it means to be nonjudgmental. Is a positive judgement still considered a judgement?
  • How would being mindful change the way you show up at school, at home, for friends, or for yourself?
  • What might be the benefits of practicing mindfulness in your everyday life?
  • At the end of the video, AnneMarie talks about mindfulness as being a tool to take responsibility, or control, of your own life. Do you agree with her about the power of mindfulness? Why or why not?
  • Do you think that mindfulness is a tool that is available to everyone? If not, what is preventing people from accessing mindfulness? How can we work on removing or minimizing those barriers?