Every day, first period, middle school students sit in silence, clear their minds of what has been and what will be and pause. The teacher takes them through a process called mindfulness. Mindfulness can be defined as: “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
We know that practicing mindfulness has shown to offer benefits such as increased self-awareness, better focus and attention, decrease in stress and anxiety, improved sleep and increased empathy and understanding.
Mindfulness helps students to focus on what they are doing and can be practiced at any time during the day.
These two short clips help explain what Mindfulness is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dMiv5B7I0Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GExHdWnK9U&feature=related