Mindfulness in the School Library

Mindfulness in the School Library

Are your students stressed, anxious, distracted, or competing for who can be the busiest? Mindfulness, the practice of bringing your full attention to the present moment with compassion, can provide students another method for managing stress, reducing anxiety, improving focus, and increasing their chances of not missing a delightful moment because their attention is elsewhere. In this webinar, high school librarian Wendy Degroat will discuss ways in which your middle school and high school library can support mindfulness, including teaching students mindfulness techniques, whether in a few minutes or a series of workshops.

Join us to:

  • Learn multiple approaches to mindfulness integration, including
    • self-directed using library resources
    • incorporating mindful moments into a lesson or daily routine
    • opt-in workshops
    • multi-lesson units in AP Psychology or another course
  • Strategize about potential pitfalls
  • Reflect on collaborative possibilities

About the Presenter

Wendy DeGroat is the librarian for Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (MLWGS), where she also serves as a mindfulness instructor and member of the school leadership team. Wendy has been integrating mindfulness in the library for over seven years and has a certification in Koru Mindfulness. She enjoys teaching students how to take their research skills to the next level so they can move confidently and effectively from wonder and questions to analysis, reflection, and action. She has authored articles for School Library Connection, Knowledge Quest, EBSCOpost, and other publications, co-edited an issue of Knowledge Quest, taught webinars, and presented at regional, state, and national library conferences about topics such as mindfulness in libraries, news literacy, and raising cultural awareness through contemporary poetry. In the spring of 2021, she brought One Small Step to MLWGS, a program from StoryCorps that brings people with different political perspectives together to talk about the values and experiences that inform their political beliefs, making MLWGS one of the first high schools in the nation to bring One Small Step to students.

MLA Citation

DeGroat, Wendy. "Mindfulness in the School Library." School Library Connection, April 2023, schoollibraryconnection.com/Content/Webinar/?learningModuleId=2337383&terms=Mindfulness+in+the+Library&topicCenterId=2247902&citeId=3.

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