Mindfulness Introduced In Classes
This year, mindfulness has been incorporated into some classes at Fairview as a way to help calm students down, and learn in a more focused and relaxed state.
The main goal of mindfulness, according to Mr. Mowen, a counselor and strong promoter of mindfulness at Fairview, is “to teach people, students, [and] adults that there’s a small, easy practice you can do that will teach you to respond rather than react. Mindfulness allows us to pause for a second, check things out, and see what we’re doing rather than just doing it.”
Fairview recently received a grant that will help bring mindfulness into classes. Mindfulness could be a solution to reduce stress at Fairview, and cultivate an environment that benefits both students and faculty.
“We’re kind of known as the ‘pressure cooker school,’” Mowen said. “We’re a high-stress, academically driven school where everybody’s doing 110% all the time. So, after identifying that, we asked what ways with this grant could we support students and staff here. One way we talked about was mindfulness.”
Piper Triggs, a senior at Fairview, knew what mindfulness was but hadn’t seen it in any of her classes.
“[Mindfulness] is being aware, mostly internally,” Triggs said. “I haven’t heard about it [in school].”
Some students have mixed feelings on its usefulness.
“The teacher turned off the lights and we sat quietly. I didn’t find it helpful,” said sophomore Jaden Hoechstetter.
Jessie Bevan, another sophomore, was also skeptical, but said that mindfulness could be helpful.
“We do different kinds of breathing exercises in Math, Biology, and LA. It’s kind of stupid but it helps focus you at the end of the day,” Bevan said.
Mowen is impressed by how mindfulness has affected and helped students.
“I just came back from a biology class, where we sat and just did some mindful listening for four minutes before students took a quiz… when I left, [it was] their best game face they had on, and they were ready to go,” Mowen said. “They weren’t thinking about being anxious for the quiz, they weren’t thinking about the football game, they weren’t thinking about that extra slice of pizza they had for lunch, they were thinking about ‘right here, right now.’”