Recently at HowtoLearn we received a wonderful article excerpt from Dr. Addie Wootten about the benefits of mindfulness for education and learning.
Dr. Wootten is a well-known leader in delivering innovative educational programs about mindfulness in education and learning over the last 5 years.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn (American professor emeritus of medicine).
As educators, we know that helping kids practice mindfulness results in higher test scores, better behavior, more kindness and compassion and a better ability to problem solve.
Dr. Wootten has researched the value of mindfulness for education and learning and the benefits to both students and teachers.
She is also the CEO of Smiling Mind which has a free mindfulness app for everyone with over 3 million downloads.
According to Dr. Addie Wootten, educating students in STEM has become the major focus of most school systems.
However, she contends that supporting this with mindfulness programs improves “students’ ability to perform in an academic context. Mindfulness helps ensure that minds are “calm” and therefore optimized by improved mental health.
She adds, “the future of work will rely on our ability to adapt, innovate and work creatively without defined borders or even stable workspaces.” Mindfulness skills “underpin essential social and emotional learning” students will need. Watch the video on Why Mindfulness is Essential for Our Students Today and discover numerous benefits of mindfulness for education and learning.
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