Quiet-time is a practical, highly effective program for reducing stress and raising student performance. It is easy and enjoyable for both students and teachers and can be introduced into any school, at any level.
The quiet-time program
The program involves two 10-15 minute periods of quiet-time being scheduled into the school’s daily routine – one when the students first arrive and one just before they leave.
Research has shown, that following the introduction of the quiet-time program in a New Zealand school, a number of benefits occurred, including:
- Noticeable improvements in the social atmosphere of the school
- Major declines in violence, bullying, substance abuse and vandalism
- Significant reductions in behavioural problems and learning difficulties
- Improvements in academic results
- Increased student attendance
How it helps
During the practice of quiet-time, numerous positive changes occur within the brain and the body. These subtle changes have been shown to result in a range of benefits including: reduced stress and anxiety, more efficient brain functioning, increased creativity, focus, and alertness.
Daily participation in the quiet-time program has shown that the physical changes occurring within students during meditation begin to occur and subsequently grow outside of quiet-time meditation. Meaning, that a student who has improved brain functioning during meditation, also has improved brain functioning during class time and at home.
This is the crucial aspect of the program, because it means students will enjoy the benefits of meditation throughout the entire day.