Initiative Description: A 10 minute per day mindfulness-based social-emotional learning intervention in which teachers were trained to implement that taught concepts including awareness of senses, thoughts, and emotions were integrated into the daily recordings as well as periods of silence, relaxation, and breathing practices. Students were guided to practice both focused-awareness (five senses, relaxation, and body scan, labeling thoughts and emotions) and open-awareness exercises (identifying and noticing how thoughts and emotions come into and then leave the field of awareness.
Study Results: Significant differences in post-intervention grades and improvements in incidents of student disruptive behavior.
Reference: Bakosh, L. S., Snow, R. M., Tobias, J. M., Houlihan, J. L., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2016). Maximizing mindful learning: mindful awareness intervention improves elementary school students’ quarterly grades. Mindfulness, 7(1), 59-67. doi:10.1007/s12671-015-0387-6
Level of Evidence: Good