Student motivation, self-regulation and trauma are just a few of the topics that MindShift readers were especially interested in during 2016. Teachers also wanted to know how to improve the depth of student thinking and parents sought information on how to improve their involvement with their kids.
Students who experienced trauma found the ability to calm themselves and become ready to learn after practicing mindfulness. A group of students found it so transformative, they wrote a book with the help of their teachers.
Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance levels.