ClassDojo Brings Mindfulness to the Classroom

Mindfulness, the idea of meditating and paying close, purposeful attention to our bodies and minds, is having a moment–a really big, worldwide moment. The classroom aid ClassDojo, an app that helps parents and teachers keep track of students’ behavior by using cute animated monsters as motivators, recently used their program to sponsor the world’s largest “Mindful Moment,” as they called it.

ClassDojo surveyed their large base of users and found many parents and teachers were concerned about the lack of education about their emotions children were receiving. ClassDojo decided their program would be the perfect means to give students mindfulness training. Mindfulness, they believed, could help children in dealing with their emotions.

The “Mindful Moment” was set for May 10th. ClassDojo asked all the educators using their app to perform a short mindfulness module. This consisted of playing a brief animated video explaining how to meditate and leading the class through it.

That video was the beginning of a week-long module full of videos ClassDojo created teaching children different methods of mindfulness. ClassDojo hoped that module would help students struggling with their emotions during class time and teachers who would like to pass the benefits of mindfulness onto their class.