Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom
In the past, meditation was seen as a practice that is only for people who are in the process of becoming enlightened. However, recent studies have shown that meditation can have a positive impact on student’s academic performance.
One study found that students who practiced meditation scored higher on tests for concentration and focus. Another study found that students who practiced meditation showed a decrease in stress levels, an increase in self-esteem, and better grades.
There are several ways that teachers can introduce meditation in the classroom. One option is to have students do a meditation exercise, such as mindfulness before a period begins. This can help them focus on the present and be more productive.
Whatever method is chosen, it is important that teachers are patient with their students because meditation can take some time to learn before being able to reap the benefits.
Meditation has been shown to be an effective way for managing stress and anxiety, improving focus and concentration, and lessening negative emotions. It can be a useful tool in the classroom, providing students with a way to de-stress and rejuvenate their minds and bodies.
There are a few things to keep in mind when incorporating meditation into the classroom setting. First, make sure the class is comfortable doing it. Some students may find it difficult to remain still for an extended period of time, while others may find it helpful to focus their thoughts on a specific object or mantra.
Second, be sure to provide guidelines for how long each student should meditate. Some students may find 10 or 15 minutes to be sufficient, while others may need 30 or 45 minutes. Make sure that everyone in the class will follow the guidelines and are willing to adjust them as needed.
Finally, be prepared to answer any questions your students may have about meditation. Many of them are curious about what it feels like, how it can help them, and whether it’s safe to try. Be sure to provide a clear explanation about the benefits of meditation as well as any potential risks.