Mindfulness

ClassDojo mindfulness training event

An article from Fast Company recaps a global event that educational platform ClassDojo held called “Mindfulness Training” to help kids destress from all the schoolwork year round with various breathing exercises and online activities. Other big companies such as Target, Google, and Intel have joined in by teaching their workers meditation techniques to calm down and enjoy life.

A survey showed by ClassDojo shows many children not getting adequate training in meditation or exercises to destress with about 90% of teachers and parents believing it to be very important.

ClassDojo is a platform that allows teachers to communicate with the parents of the students and reward their children for good behavior with points or remove any for bad actions. The company has expanded tremendously to about 180 countries with 95% of kindergarten to 8th grade using the application.

After ClassDojo looked at the results of the survey, they decided to conduct the “Mindfulness training” that was held on May 10. Each day afterward contained 15-minute videos with different exercises for children to learn. Representatives of ClassDojo stated that the event was held to help children calm down and teach them essential skills needed in the future.

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ClassDojo Asks Teachers to be ‘Mindful’

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.