Mindfulness meditation is gaining popularity in today’s culture. Corporations are teaching it to their employees to reduce stress and increase efficiency, therapists and doctors are prescribing it to their patients for its numerous health benefits, and now teachers are teaching it to their elementary students to help them calm down in class and before exams.
For all its benefits, mindfulness meditation is relatively simple to do. Even for a second grader. First, you need to sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Then, concentrate on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. If something interrupts your thoughts, recognize it without judging it, then go back to concentrating on your breathing.
According to a Fast Company article published in early 2019, a ClassDojo survey of 1,000 families and 900 teachers indicated that only 10% of the parents surveyed have kids enrolled in a school that teaches mindfulness meditation techniques. However, 90% of both parents and teachers believe mindfulness skills are important.
Once they received the results of their survey on mindfulness, ClassDojo developers decided to create their own mindfulness lessons. These lessons were developed with the help of Marc Brackett, a professor at Yale’s Child Study Center and the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
ClassDojo is an educational app that connects teachers, parents and students through its online platform. Teachers use it to keep parents caught up on their child’s progress and classroom behavior, and to reward students and encourage positive behavior.
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