JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With classes starting next week, Onslow County Schools are training their teachers in a pilot program based on positive psychology and neuroscience.
The new training helps teachers handle peer to peer conflict, improves academic performance, and reduces students’ stress and anxiety. But best of all, it transcends from the classroom to home.
The program is called MindUP and is a way for teachers to work one on one with students while utilizing positive psychology techniques. It’s based on the principals of social and emotional learning and uses mindfulness techniques to teach students to be in control of their emotions and thoughts.
Part of the curriculum includes brain breaks, which are deep breathing exercises that allow students to refocus their attention.
Educator Bob Smith said the training will introduce a third dimension to the classroom, “The academics go on in the classroom, that’s a given. But what this introduces is the importance of social intelligence and emotional intelligence, how to get along with others, and how to self-regulate emotions that are real and that come to all of us; anxiety, pain, joy, and how to cope with those better.”
Teachers will weave in social skills and collaboration techniques into their state curriculum.
Part of the funding for the program comes from the city, which is committed to continuing it and even expanding to more schools throughout the county.