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Benefits

Mindfulness In Schools

Mindfulness practice gives children the opportunity to settle and calm themselves and develop focus. It builds resilience by helping children manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.Children find it easier to get along with their peers and choose kindness and optimism.

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World wide

Mindfulness In Schools

Mindfulness is now taught in thousands of schools around the world due to its effectiveness in transforming the classroom into an optimum learning environment.

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Classroom

Mindfulness Schools

Mindfulness skills can be developed in very short (2-3 minute) classroom sessions, repeated several times a day, usually during transitions or when the class is particularly restless. The basic skill islearning to listen to a resonant sound (chime, bell), followed by focusing attention on belly breathing, followed by listening again to the sound. Extension mindfulness activities, including basic neuroscience, observation of the senses and social emotional learning are easily incorporated into the daily curriculum. Longer mindfulness lessons are taught in many schools.

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Experts Say

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness instruction in schools “takes advantage of a natural window of opportunity during childhood, when the neural circuitry that allows us to pay attention, calm ourselves and attune to our own and other’s feelings takes shape”. Professor Richard Davidson, founder of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, University of Wisonsin

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Teachers who apply mindfulness in their own lives are better able to use and teach the skills in the classroom.

“My advice for the year is to practice the art of mindfulness. A teacher’s job is so demanding and draining, in ways those outside the profession can’t even imagine; stress and even burnout maybe just around the corner. Learn to develop the skill of mindfulness and life will feel balanced.” Editorial, Australian Teacher, No 1, 2011

Mindfulness Benefits Students

Research findings on Mindfulness in Schools:

•Mindfulness improves students’ ability to initiate, monitor and direct their attention.
• Increases the brain’s executive functions: working memory, planning and organisational skills. This leads to improved academic performance.
• Students find a reliable still quiet space inside themselves;they learn to pause and respond, rather than react
• Reduces stress, anxiety and aggression and fosters more peaceful behaviour in classes and playgrounds
• Students learn to recognise and manage their emotions
• Increases self-awareness, empathy, kindness and pro-social behaviour
• Mindfulness skills help students flourish by increasing, motivation, optimism, and creative thinking
• Resilient childrenmore easily bounce back from life’s difficult experiences

What the students say

  • “Mindfulness is a great class because you can chill out, relax. It will cool you down and make you less stressed. You should try it if you are mad or sad or just want to feel better. That’s what I do. Try it!”
  • “Mindfulness has helped me before homework because it relaxes me so I do a good job with my homework.”
  • "Being mindful calms me down when I am angry. It helps me not to get in a big fight because I don’t want to hurt my friends. It also helps me focus on my work.”
  • “The mindful seeing practice helped me at school. Now I really look into all four corners of the computer if I don’t understand something, and that’s helped me find my way around.”
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