MindUP is an approach to teaching and a framework for the following student learning goals: Developing self-awareness and confidence Using acquired skills to direct attention Learning to appreciate how the brain works and its role in thought, emotion, and action Readying the mind for learning and assuming increasingly more responsibility in his/her education Working toward maintaining an optimistic attitude while trying to achieve challenging personal goals Strengthening positive human qualities, including empathy and kindness Recognizing and respecting others’ points of view and feelings to maintain positive relationships with peers and adults Employing effective communication and social skills to interact constructively with others Demonstrating positive decision-making skills and responsible behaviors to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts to achieve constructive outcomes Helping to foster a cohesive, caring learning environment in the classroom and contributing to the well being of his/her school, family, and community