with Tanuka Gordon
It’s been widely recognized that children are more likely to retain what they learn through active learning processes. According to the Learning Pyramid, children retain about 5% of what they learn from lectures, 10% from reading, 75% from experiences and 90% from teaching others or immediate use.
Inspiring our children to be more mindful and compassionate requires us as educators to not only think about creative experiential teaching methods but to think more deeply about creating meaningful moving experiences that touch and open hearts. If we can have a WOW effect on youth through our work, we can create a spark in children to continue to Live in their Hearts.
During this breakout session, we will discuss the following key questions:
- What is the WOW factor in a service experience?
- Why is the WOW factor important?
- Why is this important in our work with youth in mindfulness and heartfulness?
- What are some ways we can integrate the WOW factor into our work with youth?
We will review some best practices and research around creating engaging service experiences and how it applies to mindfulness and compassion for youth.
We will break out into small groups and discuss ways real applications of the WOW factor in our work with youth. The talk will be highly interactive and experiential, so be prepared to be WOWed!
Tanuka Gordon is the founder and executive director of Mindful Littles, whose mission is to inspire children to be compassionate through meaningful community service projects and creative educational programs. Tanuka spent her career working in user experience and product design for technology companies, where much of her time was focused on how to create product experiences that engage and delight the customer. Now after following her passion and starting Mindful Littles, she applies her professional background to creating inspirational experiences for youth. Tanuka oversees the Mindful Littles vision and strategy, loves connecting with children and regularly blogs about shared experiences of mindfulness and compassion at home and in the community. She received a BS in Mathematics from UCLA and has an MBA/MSI from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her mindfulness and yoga training is from Mindful Schools, YogaKids and YogaFlowSF. She also teaches kids yoga and facilitates design thinking workshops. When not working on her nonprofit or teaching, Tanuka loves having Moana dance parties with her two young daughters.