Mindfulness in the classroom. How it helps kids regulate behavior and focus on learning
Juliann Garey, www.childmind.org
Carole Clancy, who supervises special education for the Lancaster, Pa., city schools, had a serious problem: She couldn’t hold on to her teachers. The students in special ed classes were distracted and disruptive. “They had the reputation of being unmanageable and out of control,” she says. But that was before they started learning mindfulness in the classroom.
When Wynne Kinder, lead instructor for the mindfulness program “Wellness Works in Schools,” walks into Kristina Suter’s special ed classroom at Lincoln Middle School in Lancaster, the group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders is already moving tables out of the way and spacing chairs out in rows for what the school refers to as “social skills” class.
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