Tweet this week with fellow VBCPS educators about “Mindful” strategies

Join other Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) educators on Twitter this Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. for an hour of rich dialogue about incorporating “Mindfulness” into your work, classroom or life.

Akilah Ellison, professional learning specialist with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) will moderate the chat. According to her, mindfulness is “paying full attention to the present using strategies to focus our thoughts and emotions.”

She says that even focusing on one small thing can make a big difference.

“Something as simple as saying, ‘I am going to be opening every Monday by doing a positive mantra for myself or with my class can begin to cultivate a mindful learning environment.”

That mantra, she adds, could be saying to oneself or to a class, “You are amazing! Repeat after me ‘I am amazing!’”

Ellison knows that it’s easy, powerful and it’s something that students can tap into when they need to push through tough situations.

“It’s a toolbox of strategies that help you or your students have an intentionally amazing day,” she said, adding that “bumps in the day are going to happen, but it’s about cultivating resilience.”

But it’s not just for students.

She first incorporated mindful strategies into the divisionwide joy movement launched two years ago.

“It’s about closing those tabs and being fully present with students and colleagues,” Ellison cites. “It’s about being aware of your own needs and replenishing your vessel so that you can go out there and serve students.”

Learn more about this topic and toolbox strategies that other VBCPS educators have incorporated by joining this week’s #VBEdChat on Twitter at 8 p.m.

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