Mindfulness Meditation for Classrooms & The Benefits for Youth Development
Mindfulness has become a mainstream focus among researchers and academics. The main attraction to teaching this life-skill is that it decreases stress, and encourages self-care and empathy. Academic administrators appreciate it’s cost-effectiveness and simplicity. This is especially important when collaborating with budget-constrained schools and classrooms.
Teaching mindfulness meditation to children and students may seem daunting for beginners but is surprisingly simple as long as you have a carefully structured program to follow.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation uncovers our deep-rooted ability to pay close attention to the present moment with openness and curiosity.
Although mindfulness is an intrinsic quality we all possess, it is important to regularly practice slowing down and reflecting on this internal experience to be able to utilize its full potential and benefits.
Benefits of Mindfulness Education in Classrooms?
Research shows that when students and teachers dedicate short breaks to re-energizing their bodies and minds, they will perform better throughout the day.
The goals of mindfulness education & training are to help students:
- Cultivate self-awareness
- Express empathy
- Learn techniques to calm and focus the mind
- Increase their ability to relate to themselves and others with kindness
Mindfulness practice allows both teachers and students to tap into their inner abilities to enjoy each day while being empowered to engage fully with the activities of life.
What Does a Mindfulness Training Look Like?
Depending on the program that best suits your needs, training will be interactive and engaging and include opportunities for experiential learning, video lectures, reflection questions, and group discussion.
You will develop expertise in the teaching mindfulness techniques, as well as a personal understanding of the practice.
Follow-up professional development opportunities will be provided to support staff in implementing the program, as well as the chance to develop mindfulness skills, explore strategies for self-care, and learn positive psychology and SEL activities for the classroom.
Teachers, social workers, and school administrators will:
- Learn how to introduce the program to students, peers and parents
- Understand the science and research behind the program
- Learn how to effectively train student leaders to support student engagement
- Create their own daily implementation structure
- Gain access to audio and video content to share with students
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