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Mindfulness Breaks


Short breaks that include mindfulness quiet the brain to allow for improved thinking and emotional regulation. Research has shown that mindfulness can increase kindness, improve Sleep quality, reduce the effect of Stereotype Threat for females in math, and even improve math scores by reducing math anxiety.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher leads the class through mindfulness and movement exercises at the start of class. Short exercises like these as a daily routine can support students' Attention in math.

  • Teachers can integrate regular mindful breaks, such as listening to calming music or cues that prompt a few minutes of mindful breathing. Exercises can also promote student agency by allowing students to identify when they need a break, which develops their Metacognition, so that they can refocus their Attention.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See Headspace's bite-sized mindfulness exercises that can be used during class. This app and website provide audio and/or video mindfulness supports that guide students through a quick meditation to destress and regulate their Emotion.

  • Developers can build in prompts for short mindfulness breaks at regular intervals and also provide learners with the choice of pausing their work to take a break.
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