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Why Mindfulness?

Since the introduction of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in 1979, mindfulness has found its way into health care, psychotherapy, professional sports, the corporate world, and even prisons and the military. If people in all those fields had found that the cultivation of attention would render benefits, it is not surprising that mindfulness would receive the interest of educators. There is probably no other place in the world where the word “attention” is spoken more often than in classrooms. Students are told to pay attention, but they don’t seem to receive any systematic training on how to do it. 

Organizations such as Mindful Schools and Mindfulness in Schools have developed programs and trained thousands of educators and students. Research shows that students have improved attention, better emotion regulation, and reduced stress and anxiety levels. Recently, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has included mindfulness into the Approaches to Teaching and Learning framework as one of the self-management skills that will improve the quality of education.  I have been using MINDFULNESS at the start of each of mys classes for the past 3 years.

I find that students are more focused, more creative, relaxed and demonstrate greater compassion to their fellow students.  The process takes 3 minutes at the start of each class, but the effects are tremendous; tangible, proven and long-lasting. 

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