Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity. Mindfulness reconnects students to their five senses, bringing them into a moment to moment awareness of themselves and their surroundings. Research shows that mindfulness increases attention skills, reduces test anxiety, and improves emotional regulation (The Association for Mindfulness in Education). These practices at the Westport Day School help students focus, connect to their learning environment, and ultimately increase both time on task and student learning outcomes. The UCLA Mindfulness Research Center is a fantastic resource for parents and educators interested in mindful practices.
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