Teacher Review for Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

The quick meditations are a great way to get students calm and focused after coming in from recess or lunch.

Gabrielle H.
Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Santa Monica, United States
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My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this product in my teaching as a way to do a mindful, calming and focus exercise when the students come in from recess and/or lunch. It is a great way to get them to calm down and get back into mental and thoughtful activities. This app also works really well for high-stress students and some special needs students. The focus on breathing helps calm and focus students. Some students may take a few times to embrace the meditation if they've never done anything like it, but after becoming accustomed to it, most students will enjoy and even ask for this "mindful minute".
My Take
I think it is a wonderful addition to any classroom. This tool supports students' whole well being, and introduces them to mindfulness as a tool to calm and focus themselves for times they need help doing so. Meditation has shown to improve focus in students, as well as improve their overall happiness. It is easy to use, and could be built upon as students embrace the idea and purpose of mindfulness.