In this excellent Ted Talk, AnneMarie Rossi talks about the importance of learning to focus, pay close attention, and exercise self-control in order to become a healthy and successful adult. These are some of the skills we gain when we meditate. So, why aren’t we teaching students mindfulness? She asks. I feel quite lucky to live in an area in which two different middle schools have asked me to teach their students how to meditate and how to be more mindful.
This has become one of my favorite Ted Talks–I’ve been showing it to everyone I teach from Middle Schoolers on up through college! I hope you’ll cut and paste this link into your search engine and give it a look.