This year’s KEEN Conference theme is Got Heart? Every great educator has a heart for students that encompasses a sincere desire for each child to grow and become a successful citizen.
Thursday, February 14 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Utilizing Mindfulness in the Classroom to Reduce Student Anxiety and Promote Self-Regulation Skills FULL

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This session will explore practical ways that mindfulness can be utilized in the elementary classroom to provide students with tools that reduce anxiety and promote attention and self-regulation.  Brain research behind these principles will be explored.  Participants will participate in hands-on examples that can be immediately transferred to the classroom.  Examples from an elementary in Kansas where mindfulness has been implemented will be shared. In children, mindfulness has been found to mitigate the effects of bullying, enhance focus in children with ADHD, reduce attention problems, improve mental health and wellbeing, and improve social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016; Zhang, 2016; Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016). All of these areas will be explored.

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Lauren Korte

2nd grade teacher, Olathe USD 233
Lauren Korte is a 2nd grade teacher in the Olathe School District. She has been with the district for five years and was the Horizon Award finalist in 2016.

Ruth Waggoner

Mid-America Nazarene University
Dr. Ruth Waggoner is the Director of Clinical and Field Based Experiences at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She has served in the field of education as an elementary teacher, principal, and university professor. She has a passion for education and believes that every teacher truly... Read More →

Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homestead Room

Attendees (40)