Mindfulness: Slowing Down to Speed Up Learning

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Mindfulness is a heightened sense of ‘awareness’. Awareness of one’s self and awareness of the world around one’s self. It involves not only sensing things deeply, but also making deep observations about what one senses. Mindfulness requires one to ‘show up’ for lived experiences; to be engaged in life; to express openness to all the possibilities life offers; and to do so calmly and responsibly.

Due to asynchronous brain development, GT students’ self-awareness and ability to deeply respond to their environment can greatly benefit from mindfulness. Their experiences are both qualitatively and quantitatively different than their neuro-typical age-peers. Mindfulness is a powerful tool in their toolbox. Mindfulness enhances a GT student’s ability to be ‘cool, calm & collected’. It can reduce stress and anxiety, increase attentiveness, and promote a sense of well-being.

Twice-exceptional (2E) students face a unique set of challenges based on ignorance, misunderstanding, internal frustration, lack of social…

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Author: Lochsloidh - McFarlane

Retired science/biology teacher.

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