Mindfulness helps students pay attention. In the classroom paying attention is the most important skill. Paying attention is difficult for all of us, children included. This was a noticeable problem for children when the Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education was launched in 2007. The issue of attention has been exacerbated since then with the continuing growth of our technology-driven world where distractions are constant and change comes quickly.
Mindfulness returns you to the present improving concentration and focus.
Enhances impulse control
Impulse control is a critical key to good classroom management. With mindfulness students learn to recognize their emotions. This creates space, allowing them to choose to respond to feelings rather than simply reacting to them. Returning to the classroom after recess is an example of when mindfulness is incredibly useful.
Mindfulness allows for thoughtful response to feelings.
Reduces stress for students and teachers
The brain science of stress indicates that learning and teaching are difficult when stress is present. Budget cuts, high stakes testing, children’s home lives, regardless of socio-economic levels, are stressful. Stress has been identified as a significant reason that 50% of teachers quit the profession within five years.
Mindfulness helps alleviate stress.
Listening skills are honed with mindfulness. Students are kinder to one another with less conflict as a result; over 50% of students who learn mindfulness teach it to someone outside of school, often to family members.
Mindfulness strengthens relationships and builds community.