Laura Bakosh, PhD & Mark Sikora M.Ed – The 5 Myths of Bringing Mindfulness into Schools 2018-10-20T18:03:45-06:00

The 5 Myths of Bringing Mindfulness into Schools

Laura Bakosh, PhD & Mark Sikora M.Ed

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What You’ll Learn

  • Learn the 5 major myths to dispel around mindfulness in education

  • Discover what school wide mindfulness programming can look like and hear from one school’s journey of bringing mindfulness to their students

  • Hear from a teacher and student perspective on their experience of getting started with mindfulness in the classroom

About Laura Bakosh

Laura Bakosh, Ph.D. is a mindfulness teacher, researcher and co-founder of Inner Explorer, a mindfulness-based social emotional learning (MBSEL) program. She was trained at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts, in the teacher practicum. Inner Explorer's daily audio-guided series is one of the few CASEL approved mindfulness interventions that has published scientific research showing students achieve higher overall GPA as well as higher grades in key subject, including math, have fewer behavior issues AND that teachers experience less stress with a daily minduflness practice.

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About Mark Sikora

Mark Sikora has been a middle school counselor for 17 years and has held numerous school counseling leadership positions at the local and state levels. In addition to his passion for education and helping students being the best version of themselves, he and his family love travel and adventure. Mark has explored all seven continents, and feels his best learning has come from adversity and diversity. When not exploring new destinations, his wife, two daughters and him can be found on the hiking trails, ski slopes, or running paths around Colorado. He has experienced the profound positive impact of a mindful practice in both his personal and professional life, and hopes to help increase others awareness of the benefits of mindfulness.

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  1. Cristina Anton October 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    In order to create and do a lot of activities we need to learn how to organize and prioritize, we need to schedule our activities. Good tip!
    In order to know something we need to learn. And we can learn from each other.
    Mindfulness could reduce stress and trauma’s effects. In that case, it seems that we should be very motivated in practicing mindfulness.
    Thank you for sharing good practices with us!

  2. Wendy October 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    You are making such a difference and Inner Explorer is a fabulous resource!! Thanks for all you shared.

  3. Rick Alleva October 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Laura & Mark…Thanks for great info and sharing your Inner Explorer journey. Keep up the great work!…Peace, Rick

  4. Máire October 19, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Many thanks, this is very helpful and inspiring.

    • Laura Bakosh October 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rick, great to get your note. Let’s catch up soon!!

  5. Maree October 19, 2018 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Laura Backosh, I agree, if I had to choose between cleaning my teeth or mindfulness, it would be mindfulness, but, my mindfulness comes predominantly from my Heart not my brain.

    • Laura Bakosh October 19, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, you’re so right!! maybe I should have said the “heart-brain”, the practice really touches so many “systems” in the body. thank you for the comments!

  6. Martha October 18, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Extremely inspiring!!! I’m blazing a trail, you might say, here in a rural area of West Tennessee when it comes to mindfulness. I’ve been practicing myself for a little less than a year, but have felt a bit ill equipped to present to our teachers to get them on board. This video has convinced me that I don’t have to wait for perfection to share the benefits of mindfulness and what it can do for our students and teachers. I’m convinced! Will ask for a place on the agenda of our upcoming inservice. Thank you!!!

  7. Joan Tetrault October 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experiences! I heard many similarities to our middle school’s journey into mindfulness practice. Definitely interested in trying out innerexplorer as a possible classroom tool.

  8. Beth Zipp October 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    This was not the video listed.

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