Mindfulness in Schools: The Missing Piece of a Modern Education

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with Kristin Ervin and Hanna Reising

Mindfulness practices support not only students but also staff. When mindfulness is practiced at the beginning of the school day, it helps bring focus into the present moment and disengagement from outside stress related to home, friends or other issues. This type of grounding practice frees up working memory and enables students to engage their work more fully and creatively. These mindful moments can be revisited throughout the day during periods of transition, before a test, or to settle and refocus energies at the end of the day when attention is waning. Teachers and staff practicing mindfulness learn to recognize their emotional patterns, and to proactively regulate their behavior by responding rather than reacting. It also allows them a greater awareness of their own needs and the capacity to care for themselves with kindness and compassion to avoid burnout.

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