Everyday it seems we’re a little more distracted by little things that steal our attention away from what we should be focusing on. This mass distraction has made its way to our kids and their performance in school is suffering as a result. ClassDojo thinks it has the remedy for that with a series of instructional videos about mindfulness.
Mindfulness is daily mediation meant to make people focus better, and its gained popularity in schools. 90% of teachers ClassDojo surveyed say the practice helps their students perform better, but when they asked parents they learned only 10% of children practice mindfulness regularly.
This May, ClassDojo is asking classrooms to take part in the “Mindful Moment.” This will be a video series that will instruct teachers on how to guide meditation, put together by Marc Brackett, known for his work in opening up the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Brackett speaks of mindfulness as a tool for building emotional intelligence. He’s cited research that shows 75% of students and 80% of teachers in high schools experience negative emotions that limits their performance. With a regular practice of mindfulness, Brackett believes both teachers and students would have the emotional intelligence to refocus and concentrate on teaching and learning.
CEO and co-founder Sam Chaudhary agrees. For Sam, ClassDojo’s main goal is to get kids to love the idea of learning. An online connection between teachers and parents has gone a long way to making sure that studies at home reinforce what goes on in the classroom. But they also need a bit of mindfulness to help them move past distraction and give their educational experience a lasting impression.