By now I am sure you have heard the term "mindfulness." The practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, environment, and breath has been proven through empirical research to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages. Most recently, researchers at Stanford University showed that after 8 weeks of mindfulness training, the fourth through sixth graders in the study had documented decreases in anxiety and improvements in attention. They were less emotionally reactive and more able to handle daily challenges and choose their behavior—and ultimately showed improvement in GPA.
GCDS was fortunate this week to bring in two mindfulness practitioners, who spent time showing our teachers ways to implement mindfulness in their classrooms. Just a one- or two-minute focusing activity at the start of a class or a mid-class “energizer” has a significant impact on student performance. I hope you enjoy this short video capturing some of yesterday’s training and know that at Country Day we work to educate students in mind, character, and play!
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School