Thirty years of research and, more recently, neuroscience, offer compelling evidence to support the use of mindfulness in education.
The application of mindfulness by students and teachers has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and relationships.
Scientific studies show that mindfulness training develops students' concentration, attention, executive function (planning, decision making, impulse control) openness to learning, emotional balance, pro-social behavior, compassionate action and physical and mental well-being. Studies with teachers and other caring professionals show that practicing mindfulness decreases occupational stress and burnout. It increases empathy, effective communication and enhances the classroom environment.
Mindfulness is a foundation for education; mindfulness provides the optimal conditions for learning and teaching and also supports all pedagogical approaches.
Mindfulness Professional Development Training for Educators is designed to improve health and well-being, providing essential self-care tools. Educators can achieve immediate benefits for themselves and also receive support in the implementation
of mindfulness skills in the classroom. The programs are customized to fit the timetables of the participants involved.
For more information on Mindfulness Everday programs for educators in the Toronto area, please download our brochure and feel free to contact us.
White Paper on Integrating Mindfulness Training in Education
A recently-published white paper points to the benefits of providing mindfulness training to educators and provides recommendations for further research and implementation. Entitled Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students the paperwas published online March 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media.
To explore this important white paper further:
- Download the complete white paper (19 pages);
- Read the executive summary; or
- Read an interview transcript with lead author John Meiklejohn, LICSW.
For further information on current research, see: The Association for Mindfulness in Education http://www.mindfuleducation.org/research.html