Thinkport Newsletter: Mindful Teaching and Learning

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March 15, 2018

Mindful Teaching and Learning

Practicing mindfulness in teaching and learning can have a positive effect on both students and educators, and lead to great moments inside and outside of the classroom. 

Special Event: MPT-PBS Edcamps:  April 2018


Maryland Public Television (MPT) invites early care providers and educators in Maryland to an innovative, FREE professional development opportunity. MPT-PBS Edcamp puts providers in charge of their own learning, where sessions and topics are created by participants and their peers. Best of all, early educators can earn 3 MSDE-approved clock hours! Register today!

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Mindfulness Activities and Resources

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Kindness, Empathy, and Resilience
Grades: PreK-12

Foster resilience in students of all ages and explore strategies to help children and teenagers cope with the pressures of everyday life. PBS LearningMedia’s collection of videos and lesson plans are centered around kindness, empathy, and the importance of practicing mindfulness.

Pre-test jitters

Pre-test Jitters
Many students suffer from anxiety and stress when it comes to preparing for and taking tests. The practice of mindfulness is one way of helping students reduce stress and improve focus. In this article, teachers share strategies and tips to help ease pre-test jitters.


Daniel Tiger App
Download the free Daniel Tiger app to share learning experiences with your children. As children play, they will learn a little bit more about their place in the world. You will be learning too, when you talk, listen and play together.

Arguing for Change

Arguing for Change
MPT’s literacy-building module gives students the opportunity to make change for the better, express their views and formulate a plan to address the topic of bullying in school. Students will examine fiction and non-fiction text, work through interactive activities, and conduct research in order to write a final argument about arguing for change.

The Empathetic School
Is your school empathetic? How can you humanize work in school? This informative article takes a look at a system that “asks everyone in it—teachers, leaders, staff, and students—to diminish some of their self-focus and respond in a fuller and more informed way to those around them.”

Explore Thinkport for more free PreK-12 resources