Simply stated, mindfulness is “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgments (Kabat-Zinn). Neuroscience studies are suggesting that mindfulness meditation reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of both thought and feeling. (Hahn, T.N., Weare, K., 2017). Teachers face many stresses in our fast moving, technology soaked environment. The tools and strategies of contemplative pedagogy help to enhance and complement state standards and district goals and outcomes. The tools of mindfulness are effective pedagogy, enhancing the classroom culture, the school, culture, and each student’s capacity for attention, compassion, self-management, and cognitive development.
At the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College, we will work with you to find the right program to help create a more compassionate, creative and collaborative school culture and ethos. We offer several options of programs which adhere to the standards and quality of all of our programs.
For more research on mindfulness in schools, please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/research-news-links/