MEDITATION IN SCHOOLS
In previous modules we’ve explored community building and conflict resolution practices that are built around how to effectively communicate one’s emotions, how to actively listen, and how to facilitate talking circles that foster story telling and communal sharing. Speaking and listening, however, are only the interpersonal parts of the peaceable community equation. Intrapersonal reflection and self-care are also a key part of building peaceable learning environments and much of that involves no sound at all, but are rather built around silence, breathing, and meditation.
This short video, Quiet Transformation, tells the story of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, CA that integrated daily quiet time mediation into their learning community as a way to address the social and emotional needs of the students. The impact was remarkable as students, teachers, and parents started to see problems with truancy, violence, and suspensions drop.
Reflection Question: Have you ever participated in a quiet time meditation similar to the kind featured in the video above? If so, what was the experience like? In what context was it practiced? If not, can you think of a moment in your life (past or present) where a quiet time meditation would have helped you ready yourself for learning?
- Cowan, Megan. Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids. Greater Good Science Center: March 13, 2010.
- Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education.
- Edutopia. Infographic: Meditation in Schools across America. Edutopia.org: February, 2012.
- Nobori, Mariko. How to Start a Meditation Program in Your School. Edutopia.org: February, 2012.