Overview

In this activity, students learn how meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress from daily life events, and in a broader picture, how mindfulness can help build resilience against trauma. Class starts with Video Clip 1 and 2 about trauma, the means through which people can become traumatized, and what a traumatized person experiences. Instructor discusses the potential occupational hazards that can put a person at risk and what to be aware of.
Students discuss amongst themselves in small groups their reactions to the videos and then discuss their reactions as a class. Instructor introduces the idea of meditation as a means ...

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In this activity, students learn how meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress from daily life events, and in a broader picture, how mindfulness can help build resilience against trauma. Class starts with Video Clip 1 and 2 about trauma, the means through which people can become traumatized, and what a traumatized person experiences. Instructor discusses the potential occupational hazards that can put a person at risk and what to be aware of.
Students discuss amongst themselves in small groups their reactions to the videos and then discuss their reactions as a class. Instructor introduces the idea of meditation as a means to overcome trauma, and drives this point home with Video Clip 3.
Students perform a meditation exercise (instructor-led, following instruction pdf), after which they write down an individual reflection of what they experienced during meditation and how they felt afterward. They then get into groups to discuss their experiences and then discuss these experiences as an entire class.
During class discussion, instructor address common misconceptions of meditation (can use Video Clip 4), as well as any questions the students may have. Discusses how meditation can be used as a tool to cope with everyday stressful situations in student life (exams, deadlines, relationships, etc.).

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Objectives

Students should gain a deeper understanding of occupational and everyday life risks that can predispose or lead someone to experiencing trauma. Being aware of risks allows students to critically assess and identify experiences in their own lives that could lead to trauma and to prevent trauma from occuring. Teaching students meditative practices provides them with a tool to reduce stress in their own lives and a mechanism for positively overcoming traumatic situations that might arise in the future.

Context and requirements

Level College/First year university
Discipline Social Sciences
Activity Content Mindfulness, meditation
Technological Requirements None
Best Use Practice

Author’s Notes

Benefits

Will help students be more mindful and give them a tool to use in their own lives for overcoming stressful situtations.

Challenges

The most common barrier is that people say ‘they can’t stop their thoughts’. Use the misconception guideline pdf to answer this if students bring it up.

Tips

Follow the misconception guideline to address any doubts or questions students may have regarding meditation.

Activity Pedagogical Components

Discussion

Students discuss, compare, and contrast their thoughts on trauma in the workplace and everday life based on the video clips and instructor-led discussion of trauma and the risks it poses.
Instructor poses question: “what can we do to address trauma?” and students offer suggestions. Instructor leads them to the metaphor of resilience with examples from more videoclips.

Interactive Practice

Students take part in instructor-led meditation.

Reflective Writing

Students take time after meditation to reflect and write down how they felt during and after the meditation process.

Reflective Discussion

Students get into small groups to compare and contrast their meditative experience. Groups generate a general concensus on their experience and jot down a couple of sentences to describe it. The class regroups and groups take turns presenting their gerneral experience of meditation. The class discusses as a whole and the instructor uses this time to address any student misconceptions.

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