Professors implement mindfulness, meditation practices in classrooms

first_imgCommunication studies professors Marne Austin and Terri Russ are redefining learning through their implementation of mindfulness in their classroom setting.Professor Austin said she defined mindfulness as a commitment to always being present in the current moment.“Mindfulness is a practice of presence and of radical presence with each other,” she said. “It means that we must strive to be present to ourselves in our own lives. This requires purposefully slowing down to be here entirely in each moment.”After noticing the negative effects that many cultural trends have had on learning, Austin said she chose to implement mindfulness in her classes.“So often in our culture and society we pride ourselves on business and like to pretend that we are very good at multitasking,” she said. “Studies are showing more and more is that multitasking can’t actually happen effectively. If we are doing multiple things at once it means it’s only getting a fraction of our attention. It’s no wonder that we are losing our connections with each other and the things that we’re doing if we’re only partly present.”Austin uses two main mindfulness practices in her classes: breathing exercises and compassionate listening. These practices allow students to slow down and open themselves up to endless educational possibilities, she said.“In class we start by pausing,” Austin said. “The idea is that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be, nothing else we need to do, except be here and we can trust that we have this inherent brilliance and that we all matter and have something to offer.”Austin said she has noticed a great change in the classroom as a result of these small enhancements.“Students have more courage and feel safe to ask questions,” she said. “The energy shifted. When we were able to divorce our being from the things we said and the questions we asked, then anything could be said and learned.”Russ said she begins classes with what she calls a “mindfulness moment,” often employing use of freewriting.“Just write for the next 10 minutes,” she tells students. “Don’t stop writing. If you don’t know what to write, [then] write ‘I don’t know what to write.’”Professors tend to feel crunched for time to teach everything they need to during class time, so the idea of giving up a few minutes for a mindfulness exercise can seem risky, Russ said. However, Russ said she finds this to be a worthwhile use of class time.“It allows not only for more focused discussion, but also deeper discussion,” she said. “So the cost-benefit analysis of that is that I end up gaining some class time by taking away some class time.”Implementing mindfulness into their daily lives helps students focus outside the classroom as well, Russ said, so long as it doesn’t become another item on an increasingly long to-do list. She said she has even given a keynote address titled “I’m Too Busy to Be Mindful.”“We’re very task-oriented as a society,” she said. “We like our checklists. We like to know exactly what we’re going to do [and] how to get things done. Mindfulness, then, becomes another task. By making it another task, we think ‘I’m too busy to be mindful.’”Mindfulness is said to improve focus and productivity, but Austin and Russ agree that it goes beyond this.Mindfulness‘ positive effects go beyond simply improving one’s focus and productivity, Austin said.“When you start practicing mindfulness, you do it personally because it’s this self-care, but it’s through this that you transform the world around you,” Austin said.Tags: classroom practices, meditation, mindfulness, teaching methodslast_img read more

Belmont looks to extend streak vs EKU

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, STEPPING UP: The prolific Jomaru Brown is putting up 19.1 points and two steals to lead the way for the Colonels. Complementing Brown is Ty Taylor, who is producing 12.7 points per game. The Bruins are led by Nick Muszynski, who is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.MIGHTY MUSZYNSKI: Muszynski has connected on 35.6 percent of the 45 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 62.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Eastern Kentucky is 0-7 this year when it scores 69 points or fewer and 14-7 when it scores at least 70.TWO STREAKS: Belmont has won its last three road games, scoring 83.3 points and allowing 71.7 points during those contests. Eastern Kentucky has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 81.4 points while giving up 70.2.DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has scored 81.1 points per game this season, ranking the Bruins seventh among Division I teams. The Eastern Kentucky defense has allowed 76.7 points per game to opponents (ranked 285th overall).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBelmont (21-7, 12-3) vs. Eastern Kentucky (14-14, 11-4)McBrayer Arena, Richmond, Kentucky; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Eastern Kentucky. Belmont has won by an average of 17 points in its last eight wins over the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky’s last win in the series came on Feb. 6, 2016, an 88-78 win. Belmont looks to extend streak vs EKUcenter_img February 21, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

AIT to Broadcast NPFL All-Star Tour Games in Spain

first_imgChairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, confirmed the development and said, “we are seeking windows through the broadcast media to take this historic matches available to the homes of every Nigerian football fans. The LMC and LaLiga is offering the broadcast feeds free to every television station that is interested”.Dikko said discussions are also on-going with a number of other stations including Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Channels Television and Television Continental (TVC).The NPFL All-Star team of 37 players based on current form and potentials shown as youth development players began camping in Abuja from July 11 with a final list of 22 to be released before their departure on August 8 by the coaching crew which has Salisu Yusuf as head.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African Independent Television (AIT) a member of the DAAR Communication Group has become the first free to air television network to be awarded broadcast right of the NPFL-LaLiga All-Star tour matches.A select team made up of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League clubs are billed to play three international club friendly matches in three Spanish cities as part of the technical and commercial partnership between the League Management Company (LMC), operators of the NPFL and LaLiga.The LMC said it has reached an understanding with AIT, Nigeria’s first private 24 hour station for live broadcast of the matches which hold on August 10, 12 and 13. The first match, a pre-season friendly on August 10 will be against Valencia CF while the other two games against Malaga CF on August 12 and Atletico Madrid CF on the 13th will be part of the prestigious Carranza LaLiga World Club Tourney.last_img read more

Suspended Patriots wideout Josh Gordon signs tender, report says

first_imgGordon, who is serving an indefinite suspension, would be under contract with the Patriots for the 2019 season and scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.025 million should he be reinstated. The Patriots are sticking with Josh Gordon.According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source, the wide receiver signed his restricted free-agent tender with New England on Tuesday. Steelers working on Ben Roethlisberger extension, report says Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury addresses Patrick Peterson’s future with teamcenter_img The Patriots are reportedly paying for Gordon to receive drug treatment at an inpatient facility in Florida. The team is also working with the league and NFL Players Association to help the troubled All-Pro with the hope that he can play football again and be successful in all aspects of life. Related News Gordon, 27, played 11 games for New England last season before being suspended indefinitely on Dec. 20 for violating the terms of his reinstatement into the NFL. However, he could be reinstated into the league by the start of training camp for the upcoming season.He caught 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns in 11 games last season for the Patriots. He also caught one 17-yard touchdown pass with the Browns before he was traded to New England.last_img read more