school kidsTeachers and families around the world recognize that mental well-being is critical for children’s health and happiness.

In a new survey ClassDojo conducted in the U.S., UK, and Australia*, 64% of families and 63% of teachers said that helping children manage feelings of anxiety is just as important as school work; 29% of families and 32% of teachers said it was even more important. Numerous studies have shown how mindfulness helps children reduce stress – as well as having other transformative benefits like developing a greater capacity for concentration and patience.

“My role is as much focused on mental well-being as it is learning. Helping my students develop the skills they’ll need to reduce anxiety, care about the feelings of others, and be self-aware are all traits I know will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Cindy Price, a first-grade teacher in Delaware. “I’ve wanted to teach mindfulness for a long time, but I haven’t been able to find something that my students will love and easily understand. ClassDojo’s Mindfulness lessons are exactly what I’ve wanted – we’ve had a sneak peek, and my children love it! I have a feeling we’ll be using these activities for months to come.”

Mindfulness Benefits

“Mindfulness has been shown to benefit children’s overall well-being, yet teachers and families were telling us they hadn’t found resources that were right for their children,” said Liam Don, co-founder of ClassDojo. “A Mindful Moment is a simple way for children everywhere to learn mindfulness in school and at home. Today, ClassDojo teachers, children, and families in millions of classrooms across 180 countries are bringing mindfulness to their classrooms. It’s an amazing moment to be a part of.”

Further mindfulness activities will be released the week of May 13th. Each will be translated into multiple languages and will walk children through simple, 10-15 minute audio exercises like ‘Mindful Breathing’ and ‘Mindful Listening.’

“When children practice mindfulness, they’re more at ease, and more focused in the classroom and in life,” said Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of Permission to Feel. “My hope is that our partnership in ‘A Mindful Moment’ with ClassDojo will introduce tens of millions more teachers, children, and families around the world to the transformative benefits of this important practice.”

* Results from ClassDojo survey of 3,000 parents and 2,500 teachers conducted March 2019:

  • Student anxiety is common: 92% of teachers say their students have experienced anxiety about school life.
  • Mental well-being is now as important as schoolwork: 64% of parents and 63% of teachers say learning how to manage feelings of anxiety is now equally as important as school work – 29% of parents and 32% of teachers say it’s even more important.
  • Parents are turning to mindfulness and seeing results: Two-thirds (67%) of parents say they practice mindfulness with their children at home – with 96% saying it’s been beneficial. Specific benefits include: better at handling emotions (63%), calmer (42%), happier (36%), greater focus (31%), and increased empathy (28%).
  • Parents and teachers overwhelmingly agree that schools should teach mindfulness: 93% of parents say that having a mindfulness program at school would be beneficial for their children and 92% of teachers say they would be interested in mindfulness lessons for the classroom.

More Information: http://www.classdojo.com

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