Joel, a 12-year-old 5th grader, gave his first instruction: “Breathe in…. 1, 2, 3, 4 Breathe out…. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.” After the first exhale from the crowd, you could feel a shift in energy and focus among the silent students and parents, now all breathing and moving […]
A University of British Columbia study that tested students’ cortisol (stress hormone) level and surveyed their teachers’ feeling of burnout identified a link between the two. This concept, coined the “stress contagion,” suggests that teacher stress levels can be transmitted to students, thus increasing their cortisol levels which further inhibit their ability to learn.
The Washington Post recently highlighted a study on the rise of ADHD diagnoses that asks the question “Why can’t kids sit still in class?” Pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom suggests that “Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before.”
Did you know that Penn State University recently published a research article outlining the impacts of stress on teachers? According to their study, teacher stress “compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.” The good news is the study also cited mindfulness practices as an intervention to help reduce teacher stress.
When we presented the reasons why trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) could have a strong impact on students, it immediately resonated with Jersey City’s Superintendent Lyles. She wanted to pilot it in two of her alternative schools with the students most challenged with emotion regulation. Mary Jo, the Principal at Renaissance Institute in Jersey City wanted to […]
A success story from the Health Center Director at a large urban high school.
The Prevention Research Center finds that Dynamic Mindfulness in school is connected with impressive improvements in academics as well as social and emotional learning.
We need to develop the resilience to help us manage the stress that is coming at us. Dynamic Mindfulness can help.