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Syracuse, NY: Elem school adds 30 min. of mediation; helps kids who are "acting out"

Sept 11, 2018, Education Dive: Meditation at schools can benefit both learning and behavior The McKinley-Brighton Elementary School in Syracuse, New York, is experiencing positive results on student behavior and learning from a daily 30-minute opening period of meditation and mindfulness, and the establishment of a “mindful room” for students who are acting out, District Administration reports. Some schools are also replacing detention with meditation as a way to help traumatized students learn to deal with their emotions and self-regulate their response to situations so they can approach learning with a more positive attitude. … As social-emotional learning continues to take its place in many schools, some administrators are exploring the benefit of mediation in calming students before the day begins in earnest. The approach seems to be especially helpful for students facing traumatic situations outside of school because the period of meditation helps them separate the home and school environment so that stress doesn't affect classroom behavior and learning to as great a degree. Student anxiety is an increasing concern for teachers and administrators as it impacts the learning environment. Techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and yoga can play a role in reducing anxiety for students and teachers alike. These techniques are also being used, in some cases, as part of the disciplinary process because they help to de-escalate tense situations, making resolution of the issue easier….

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