Meditation, Breath Work, And Focus Training For Teachers And Students - The Five Minutes A Day That Can Really Make A Difference

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Sandra A. Sessa

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This paper is based on information researched and presented in a faculty development seminar for elementary teachers for use with students preparing for national testing to manage stress and increase attention focus. It reviews effects of stress on behavior, mood, and concentration; explains basics of breath work and meditation; provides meditation instructions in a simple and direct way; and describes how to use the techniques in the classroom. Statements from the principal, as well as workshop evaluations and follow up communications regarding the training, were very positive. It appears both teachers and students are receptive to the use of meditation, breath work, and focus training – the five minutes a day that can really make a difference for teachers and students.

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