One of the first questions we are trained to ask as educators is:
“Is this research-based?”
You may be pleased to discover the following research on mindfulness:
Mindfulness can improve teachers’ well-being and support them in creating and maintaining optimal classroom environments and supportive relationships with challenging students.
Jennings, P. A. (2014). Early Childhood Teachers’ Well-Being, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion in Relation to Classroom Quality and Attitudes Towards Challenging Students. Mindfulness, 6(4), 732–743. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-014-0312-4
Head Start teachers with mindfulness practice reported fewer health conditions, better health behaviors, and being more effective with their students.
Whitaker, R. C., Dearth-Wesley, T., Gooze, R. A., Becker, B. D., Gallagher, K. C., & McEwen, B. S. (2014). Adverse childhood experiences, dispositional mindfulness, and adult health. Preventive Medicine, 67, 147–153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.029
Mindfulness training can produce measurable change in teachers’ sense of well-being, teaching self-efficacy, classroom management, and interactions with their students.
Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., Winton, A. S. W., Karazsia, B. T., & Singh, J. (2013). Mindfulness Training for Teachers Changes the Behavior of Their Preschool Students. Research in Human Development, 10(3), 211–233. https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2013.818484
Which of the following benefits of mindfulness would you like more of for yourself?
So, what are some skills, attitudes, and benefits of mindfulness?