By now there is a very good chance you’ve heard the term “mindfulness.” It seems to be everywhere—the answer to stress, the key to self-acceptance, a way to reconnect with ourselves and others. But beyond the buzz, mindfulness is quite simply the ability to pay attention in the present moment, and it is true that each of us can find peace in this process. Even if you are familiar with the benefits of mindfulness, you may still have questions about the best way to share these advantages with your students. If this is you, we invite you to join us in one of Learners Edge newest courses, 5018: Incorporating Mindfulness: Strategies to Encourage Student Focus and Awareness!
Here are just some of the benefits of mindfulness in the classroom you will explore in class through ready-to-implement strategies and activities:
- Stress reduction
- Increased Focus
- Emotional Control
- Positive Self-concept
- Affirming relations
As I think about the students in my high school English classes and the pressures they faced, stress reduction and self-acceptance are, in my mind, two of the most relevant perks of mindfulness. Fear of failure, the pressures of high stakes testing, even the uncertainty of the future leaves many students prone to chronic stress. Discovering how to regulate emotions and quiet negative thoughts through mindfulness practices--these are invaluable skills that students can use to overcome challenges and carry with them into adulthood.
In addition, mindfulness can help students manage test anxiety. Sadly, this is a challenge many children face even in the early years of school. By learning to calm their thoughts before a test, and manage anxious moments or negative thoughts during the test, most students feel more confident about their skills and abilities. What important strategies to share with your learners! If you’d like to explore more ways to help your students manage test anxiety with mindfulness, please check out 6 mindfulness strategies that can help students manage their anxiety —and if you are ready to bring even more mindfulness activities into your classroom, join us in class!
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