Thinkport Bulletin: Mindful Teaching and Learning

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January 18, 2017 Edition      

BAnner Mindful

Civil rights, human rights, respect and responsibility! This week we focus on bringing mindfulness into teaching and learning, protecting the rights of people, and social and emotional growth and discovery.

K-12 Education


Mindfulness Resources
Discover how students and educators can reduce stress, better regulate emotions, and focus more fully on teaching and learning by tuning into their inner selves. Access articles, discussions and resources for the classroom.

Arguing for Change

Arguing for Change
Take a stand against bullying! In MPT's interactive literacy module, students use the topic of bullying to write an "argument for change" to get classmates to stop mistreating one another. Activities include: examining fiction/nonfiction resources, videos/web, artwork and photography. Skills/goal: writing to inform or explain. 


Protecting the Rights of the People
Freedom of religion, speech and the press are rights denied to more than half of the world’s population. In MPT’s social studies-themed literacy activity, students examine primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast information about the rights of citizens of the U.S.A.
Objective: find relationships among primary/secondary sources to identify where information from different sources converges and differs.

Bill of Rights

Rights (Video Clips)
Teach your students about freedom of speech, the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment using brief and informative video clips from PBS LearningMedia’s resource portal.

Early Childhood Education

Raising Kids

Raising Kids Who Thrive: PBS Parents
We all want children to grow into flourishing individuals who treat themselves and others with respect and dignity. In this worthwhile resource from PBS Parents, you will find valuable content, activities and educational programs designed to help children develop character, confidence and compassion.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tea Party
Teach children to think about the needs of others and the process of taking turns by playing the Tea Party game with the lovable Daniel Tiger and friends.

MPT/PBS Programs

Splash and Bubbles Movie: One Big Ocean
Saturday, January 21, 5:00 pm on PBS KIDS Channel
Catch the currents and embark on an epic journey across the sea.

Rachel Carson: American Experience
Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 pm on MPT
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson in this moving and intimate portrait. View clip!