Making Time for Mindfulness

January 23, 2019

Findings from the Boston Charter Research Collaborative about the impact of mindfulness in the classroom are featured in the following HGSE Usable Knowledge blog post.

Not knowing the answer to a question, when you’re called on in front of the entire class. Forgetting your homework. The kid behind you pulling your hair. School poses a lot of stressful moments, but how children (and teachers) react to them can make all the difference.

A new study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems.

While small, the study of sixth-graders at a Boston charter school adds to a still-growing body of research about a role for mindfulness in the classroom. In recent years, the topic has excited researchers and educators alike as a possible tool to help students face both behavioral and academic challenges by reducing anxiety and giving them a new way to handle their feelings and emotions. 


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Learn more about CEPR's involvement in the Boston Charter Research Collaborative