ClassDojo is launching mindfulness lessons aimed at changing students’ behaviors and attitudes. They believe that students who are acting out or having trouble focusing can benefit from a few moments of meditation. Meditation can help them to regulate their emotions, dissipate anxiety, and feel less stressed. Most teachers and parents believe that this could help students, but only a small percentage of schools offer this coaching.
To help schools teach mindfulness, ClassDojo created a “mindfulness moment” lesson for all elementary schools to use starting on May 10th. This lesson was the kickoff to a week of short mindful lessons where students watch a video with a guided meditation. Marc Brackett, the director of the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale, helped create the lessons. The company’s vision is to create an environment for students where they will receive an education that they love. They believe that starting at a young age is key to creating enduring lessons in mindfulness and that both students and teachers can benefit.
ClassDojo was started in 2011 as an ed-tech startup. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don created it as a social media-like platform for parents to interact with their children’s classroom. Educators can upload tasks, videos, or photos, and parents can then view and “like” them. Parents can also communicate with teachers through the app and see how their children are behaving using on a points-based system. It is estimated that the app is in-use in two-thirds of all schools in the United States.