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How to Improve Early Childhood Education: Help Teachers De-Stress

A new report out this month: 46% of teachers say they feel high daily stress. Roughly 50% agree that “stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.”

What helps? Mindfulness.

Patricia Jennings, Associate Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, mindfulness practitioner of more than 40 years, and author of Mindfulness For Teachers: Simple skills for peace and productivity in the classroom, will soon publish a study of her latest study in New York City, teaching mindfulness to more than 200 educators in schools with high-poverty rates.

According to Jennings, those educators “showed reduced psychological distress and time urgency — which is this feeling like you don’t have enough time. And then improvements in mindfulness and emotion regulation.”

Read the full article via NPR here.

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