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The Importance of

Mindful Practices in the


Classroom
By

Kassy Pointer and Oriana Amaya

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What is mindfulness?

● Being fully present in the moment


● Aware of surroundings
● What is happening/what you are doing
● Acknowledging emotions
● Validating emotions
● Therapeutic techniques
● Anyone can do it! (Inclusive!)

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How can mindful practice benefit a classroom?
● Heightened sense of
compassion
● Calming for students with
behavioral issues
● Judgment-free zone →
improved communication

● Decrease negative energy in


classroom 3
What could be the potential benefits of practicing
mindfulness in a classroom setting?
● Universal benefits to all
students AND teachers!
- Empathy
- Aware of one’s own emotions
- Concentration and insight
- Emotional and physical
healing
- Destigmatization
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Potential Disadvantages

● Abuse of privileges
● Potential distraction
● May lose focus temporarily
● Potential costs
● Less time spent on curriculum
● Parental feedback

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How can mindfulness be implemented?
Active vs. Passive methods
● ‘Mindful Minute’ Exercises
● Scheduled time to practice mindfulness
● Make it a requirement
○ Establish its importance
● Age of implementation:
- Elementary → Introduction
- Junior High → De-stigmatization
- High School → Habitual
implementation
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