‘Awaken 2017’ – National Seminar on Mindfulness in Schools
Montfort College in collaboration with EvolveED
Date & Time: 7th October, 2017; 9am – 2pm
Venue: Montfort College, Bangalore
Theme: Using skilful – attention in classrooms
Target Audience: Educators, School heads, Directors, Researchers & Psychology students
Aim of the Seminar: The aim of the Seminar is to inculcate a sense of “Mindfulness” among School Teachers and Educational Leaders.
Why Awaken 2017?
“Students – Pay Attention”, “You need to focus better, “Class – concentrate!”
These phrases are the most talked slogans in a classroom, with a few variations here and there. Why is it that students’ can’t pay attention? Why do their minds scatter so easily? How do teachers get back and maintain attention during lessons?
Today, we are an attention illiterate society or an attention deficit economy. Thanks to computers, smartphones, television, and other technology, our senses are overly engaged. In the process of this overtly engaged life & busy-ness, we forget, that the quality of attention is the foundation for not only effective learning & assimilation but also to experience a sense of well – being, purpose and meaning.
Paying attention unskillfully can use up a lot of energy resources. The more our bodies strain to pay attention, the most our minds space – out. Most of the instructional time by teachers are wasted in reviving attention with even more strained efforts. This leaves both teachers and students feeling tired and hazy.
As we move into a quiet crisis of attention which ironically most of us don’t even notice, what we need more than ever, is to skilfully handle attention as a way to essentially manage classrooms and every day experiences at school.