Promote Mindfulness

What to Know

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of your thoughts and feelings in a moment, without  judging them or negatively reacting to them. Practicing mindfulness can help students manage everyday stress and emotions. It can also help them be more in control of their feelings and actions.

What Can Schools Do?

Deliver Classroom-Based Mindfulness Education

Dedicate Time for Students to Independently Practice Mindfulness

Offer Small Group Mindfulness Activities

Focus on Equity

  • Explore mindfulness practice as a way to advance equity. Mindfulness activities can help teachers and students create a more inclusive classroom. For example, mindfulness activities can help teachers and students reflect on their assumptions and behaviors in ways that can help identify and reduce bias.
  • Include students in the development of mindfulness activities. For example, ask students what visualization strategies they like best or let them lead mindfulness exercises throughout the year.

Implementation Tips

To support the implementation of mindfulness strategies, leaders can:

  • Train teachers and staff on the importance of mindfulness.
  • Train teachers and staff on strategies for building mindfulness into the day.
  • Offer mindfulness opportunities for staff and teachers.

For example, leaders could give staff a mindfulness minute every morning or offer mindfulness projects, including student-led projects, at the district level.

Remember that mindfulness activities may not be useful for everyone. Invite teachers, staff, and students to incorporate mindfulness into their lives, but do not pressure them to do so.