How can we create calmer classrooms in which students concentrate better and feel more positive about themselves and others? Author Thomas Armstrong offers a compelling answer in the form of mindfulness, a secular practice he defines as the intentional focus of one’s attention on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.
In this book the author Explains how mindfulness affects the structure and function of the brain,
Provides an overview of mindfulness as both a personal practice and a classroom methodology,
Shares and explains the extensive research that shows the positive effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom, Describes how to adapt mindfulness for different year levels, integrate it into regular school subjects, and implement it schoolwide and Offers guidelines for teaching mindfulness responsibly, without religious overtones.
Dozens of observations from teachers, students, researchers and practitioners provide striking evidence of the power of mindfulness and offer hope to anyone who wants to make classrooms more productive places of learning.