Lausanne has been on the forefront of the mindfulness practice in the city of Memphis for close to a decade and continues to integrate new techniques each year to benefit our students.
To be mindful means to be aware. Be aware of your words, your actions and your situation.
Mindfulness is an integral part of our Middle School community. Beginning in 2009, our Middle School teachers began the process of training to integrate mindfulness techniques into the classroom setting, which was implemented in 2010. It enhances the students' physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Before every class period, classroom teachers lead the students in a brief, 30 second to two minute, "Mindful Moment" to assist the students in getting focused and ready to learn.
"Whenever you do a mindfulness moment, it always helps your brain reset for the next class, said sixth-grader Will Carter '24. "Anything that might have been getting on your mind, forget about it, and go on with your day."
Our Middle School also offers an optional six-week course twice a year for students, along with mindfulness trainers coming to campus several times to lead our teachers through sessions to help them better deal with stress and fatigue.
According to a 2017 article by David Gelles in the New York Times, mindfulness training habits formed early in life will inform behaviors in adulthood.
"Part of the reason why mindfulness is so effective for children can be explained by the way the brain develops. While our brains are constantly developing throughout our lives, connections in the prefrontal circuits are created at their fastest rate during childhood. Mindfulness, which promotes skills that are controlled in the prefrontal cortex, like focus and cognitive control, can therefore have a particular impact on the development of skills including self-regulation, judgment and patience during childhood."
Lausanne has been on the forefront of this practice in the city of Memphis for close to a decade and continues to integrate new techniques each year to benefit our students.
It's The Lausanne Way.