Saving our Students, Saving our Schools- Part 1

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“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” ~ Buddha

I had the privilege this year to teach over 175 eighth graders the art of mindfulness once a week for over 10 weeks.  It was  a profound experience for them and completely eye-opening for me.  Although I had taught hundreds of elementary aged children mindfulness, I did not realize how desperate our teenagers were for this practice in their life.

It wasn’t instant buy-in at first.mindfulness

I recall the first time the students walked into their Science class that Friday to see me sitting at the side of the room.  They immediately went into ‘substitute teacher’ mode. I smiled and walked to the front of the room and stood quietly, ignoring their comments and rambunctiousness.  I had forewarned their Science teacher, sitting in the back of the room, to let them just be themselves and not correct their behavior.  She was visibly nervous.

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