“Mindful Moments” is Changing the Way in Which Students Learn

Hayley Vivenzo, Author

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The American school system can be considered… unique. Forcing students to attend until the age of 16 and learn things that are, more often times than not, irrelevant to everyday adult life. It’s no wonder American students undergo more stress than any other country’s students in the world.

Starting from the elementary level, all students come from different home lives and family backgrounds that they probably aren’t very open about with classmates and teachers, especially students from larger and less- wealthy cities. Most elementary schools are involved with some sort of juvenile delinquent programs for students that don’t follow the rules or act out in an inappropriate manner, further adding to their stress and anger. The problem is, children are being treated like problems themselves, and when a child’s home life is toxic, it can really impact them negatively when their student- life is similar.

Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, located in Baltimore, adopted a brilliant solution to this nationwide issue. Authorities have implemented a twice a day mind and body healing program called “Mindful Moments” as well as an after school program called “Holistic Me”. These programs consist of yoga and breathing exercises, as well as meditation classes. When a students misbehaves or is seemingly angry with themselves or another student, they are sent to the mediation room to be talked through relaxing exercises, in hopes to calm them down so they can go back to learning peacefully.

Studies were conducted in this school, and the results were remarkable. Levels of stress, anxiety, and anger were extremely low, and no students from this program had been suspended or expelled from its commencement. This program inspired its high school, as they have implemented a 15 minute period for yoga each day available to all students, as well as other schools inĀ Charlottesville, Minneapolis, Madison and many more.

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