Being mindful is a skill that everyone can benefit from. This is an easy thing to learn as all it involves is resting in a chair while doing nothing other than focusing on one’s breathing through the nose. For such a simple thing it has many health benefits, though. The reduced stress and anxiety that having mindful moments deliver can lead to reduced blood pressure levels and better cardiovascular health.
Elementary students are learning how to be mindful in classrooms across the nation. ClassDojo introduced an instructional video that teachers are playing to teach their students simple techniques to take a moment out and relax. They were asked by the users of their app to develop this video. The video was followed up with an entire week’s worth of lessons that guide students on how to be purposely still and contemplative. The series was developed in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s Marc Bracket. He is also a professor at Yale’s Child Study Center.
ClassDojo is an educational app that is used in 95 percent of K-8 schools in the United States. It is used in many other countries as well. It is a communication app that teachers and parents use to communicate. Students also use the app to share their work with their parents and teachers. The point of this app is to enable better communication so that students learn better in class.