Integrating Mindfulness in the Classroom

The bell has rung, the halls are empty and class is in session! Now what?

Integrating Mindfulness in the classroom, makes accessible to classroom teachers, a set of strategies that can provide a missing foundation to the K-12 education process. Educators have long realized that there is more to teaching than providing learners with knowledge and skills in a clear and concise manner. Every student sitting in the classroom is dealing with a complex internal world that involves hopes dreams and goal​s (Marzano, 2017).

In addition to our students attending school on a daily basis, they also live lives outside of the school setting. For some students they are experiencing poverty , broken homes , and other socio-economic situations that likely impacts their ability to focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand that's school demands. Stress is the hidden antagonist in everyone's life including students.

This program introduces breathing techniques, classroom adaptations of yoga , virtual field trips, and other utilities of cultivating mindfulness in the classroom, (Marzano, 2017).

Other research supports the idea that excessive amounts of stress in children has negative effects on emotions and physiology , according to the (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014).

As a professor of Human Relations for educators, we have discovered that there is more to student success than grades. One of the things that we get to explore in our classroom setting is looking at Every Student Succeeds Act that was put into law in 2015. This act required states to submit annual reports to the federal government including graduation rates, student achievement data, student achievement in growth statistics, and non-academic measures such as student engagement (Marzano, 2017). While these efforts are admirable, we have come to discover that we still aren’t educating the whole child.

Mindfulness by definition, is being consciously aware of one’s own thinking and using that consciousness not only to focus on the task at hand but also to be aware of one’s own experience (Marzano, 2017).

In my humble opinion, mindfulness can gift students with the ability to attain:

- Self-awareness

- Self-integrity

- Self-respect

 -Self-regulation

-Self-motivation

 -Empathy/Emotional Intelligence

 -Social skills

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