George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mindfulness

Discover how students and educators can reduce stress, better regulate emotions, and focus more fully on teaching and learning by tuning into their inner selves.

  • The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle

    Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. Here are four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into your lessons.
    Rishi Sriram
  • Reducing Test Anxiety With Simple Strategies

    Addressing test anxiety doesn’t require sweeping changes. Introduce small daily practices to bring calm into the classroom.
  • What Brain Science Teaches Us About Conflict Resolution

    When a teacher noticed her kids fighting at recess, she turned to neuroscience and mindfulness practice to help them take control of their emotions.
  • Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.
  • 13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
    Richard Curwin
  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
  • When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

    Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.
  • 13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
  • Integrating SEL and Literacy

    Get a peek at daily advisory meetings where students build both literacy and social and emotional learning skills in tight-knit groups.
  • 7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

    How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?
  • Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

    Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.
  • How Strong Relationships Improve School Outcomes

    A Nashville high school striving to close achievement gaps is relying on trauma-informed practices and social and emotional learning—and it’s getting results.
  • How to Introduce Meditation to the High School Classroom

    Setting aside time for reflection and introspection helps students focus.
  • Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

    To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.