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(Canada) St. Thomas, ON: Elementary school uses mindfulness to help distracted students

Jan 26, 2018, St. Thomas (Ontario) Times Journal: Mindfulness added to John Wise student skillset http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2018/01/26/mindfulness-added-to-john-wise-student-skillset One elementary school in St. Thomas is using an old technique as a new way to enhance the learning environment. John Wise elementary school has been practicing mindfulness techniques under the guidance of its principal, Ryan Ewaskiw. Mindfulness practices including breathing, stretching and other exercises meant to focus one’s attention on the present. … When Ewaskiw started at John Wise he decided to start a mindfulness strategy at the school because he saw a need. … Sandra Chard, school support counsellor, said mindfulness techniques help when students are finding it difficult to engage in the classroom because they’re distracted with thoughts of other things going on in their life. …