4 July 2019
RE: Feedback for Curious Minds Programme
Kia ora Chris,
This is what Kat Brown, Year 7 teacher wrote.
In Term 1, selected Whangarei Intermediate students were fortunate enough to participate in The Curious Minds programme. I believe it was a great way to teach awareness of mindfulness techniques that can be applied to everyday situations. Professor Kathryn used a range of media to engage with our tamariki to provoke thought about perception, with all of its contents. My students from Ruma 6 (including my son Dylan, Ruma 10) who participated were very committed and they remained stimulated over the days. When they arrived back to our class after the sessions they appeared happy and accelerated. The children I spoke with were very engaged with learning about how the brain perceives information. The chemical reactions that occur and awareness of the physical and emotional changes present. The daily praise that was given by Professor Kathryn and Chris were warmly received by our students. They began to look forward to receiving their daily scores, aiming to reach or maintain ‘excellence’ for their workbooks, working attitude and the choices they made for that day. I can honestly say The Curious Minds programme expanded my practice on what I already do and provided a framework to consider possible approaches to engaging my students in their health and well-being.
Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.
Naku noa, na
Whangārei Intermediate School
Te Kura Takawaenga o Whangārei
32 Rust Ave