“Some of the days we had mindfulness, I would be in a better mood for the rest of the day,” said one Fifth Grader at Torey J. Sabatini elementary school in Madison.
Torey J.’s entire Fifth Grade participated in the eight-week Beginning Mindfulness course I taught last November and December, in 30-minute sessions. During our classes, I taught the students how to manage big feelings, lower test and performance anxiety and strengthen their focus and concentration.
Some of my favorite comments:
- I feel so relaxed.
- I used this in my basketball game, when I was at the foul line. I was so nervous.
- It helped me calm down when I was doing my homework.
- I couldn’t fall asleep, and then I listened. I went right off.
- At my concert, I was really nervous, and I thought I’d mess up. But then I took three calm-down breaths.
Young people understand that mindfulness is a skill they can use in all kinds of moments: “When I have something important happening in my life, I will use mindfulness,” reported one student on his course evaluation form.