Schools combine meditation and brain science to help combat discipline problems

It was the Friday morning before spring break, and Deanna Nibarger’s fifth-graders were noisily chatting and enjoying their breakfast of milk, granola bars and raisins when a woman’s voice crackled over the school intercom: “Sit up straight and close your eyes,” the woman on the intercom said. The room immediately went silent as the woman’s command was followed by a series of short, high-pitched “dings,” as if someone were hitting a key on a metal xylophone and letting the sound reverberate. A trance settled over the class for nearly a minute. Then, the daily morning announcements resumed, and the class sprang back to life as everyone stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Rarely do such moments of calm appear in elementary school classrooms, but it’s exactly this kind of…


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