On October 27 (I know; I am late!) I hosted a session for Grandview Heights City Schools titled, “Mindfulness for Teachers: Reducing Stress and Supporting Wholeness.” Here are a couple of resources and a short Q and A from the session.
First of all, here is the research report, “Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools” from Pennsylvania State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This report cited research stating that 46% of teachers reported high levels of daily stress that affected their quality of life and teaching performance. The report also cites mindfulness and social and emotional learning as two effective interventions for this burdensome stress.
Second of all, I cited the TEDTalk by Matt Killingsworth, “Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment” as a resource that supports mindfulness as a tool for increased well-being. Killingsworth conducted the largest happiness study of its kind through an app that asked three questions that measured “mind wandering,” a mind-state that negatively affects happiness. The talk is 10 minutes and can be watched below.
Third, you can watch the video on neuroplasticity here on my website under “What is Mindfulness?” and learn more about mindfulness in general from the research provided there.
Lastly here is a Q and A from the event: