Workshops at the CEA Summer Conference help members learn more about leadership roles in the union and how to improve their craft as education professionals. This year one session also addressed the constant stress many teachers are facing.
“The number one thing that we see when we meet with teachers these days is an incredibly high level of stress,” says CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey, a co-presenter of the workshop.
CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey leads members in trying out some yoga poses.
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Teachers are being asked to fit more and more into the school day, but studies are showing that a single-minded focus on academics isn’t necessarily the best way to improve student learning and well-being. According to Time, schools that have experimented with mindfulness or meditation programs are seeing positive results.
Some of the studies Time cites found the following.
- Third-graders who took part in an eight-week mindfulness program experienced fewer ADHD symptoms and less hyperactivity.
- After nine mindfulness lessons, 12- to 16-year-olds experienced lower depression scores, less stress, and better well-being compared with students who did not take part in the program.
- Forty-one percent of middle school students who meditated gained at least one math level on a state standardized test.
Has your school implemented a mindfulness or meditation program? If so, please share your experience in the comments.