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FMTV - Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe

Runtime: 55m 57s | Release date: 2013

Many schools across the country are facing an epidemic of students struggling with poor attention, low academic performance, lack of self-control, bullying and stress.

Room to Breathe explores one promising solution that has been tested in dozens of public and private schools – a self-awareness technique called mindfulness that increases kids’ focus and concentration, self-control and classroom performance.

The film presents a hopeful story of transformation, following a young mindfulness teacher, Megan Cowan, who spends several months attempting to teach the technique to troubled kids in a San Francisco public middle school that tops the district in disciplinary suspensions.

Cowan is confronted at first by defiance and contempt. But under her guidance, the students begin to learn the mindfulness technique and eventually use it to take greater control over their lives, decrease stress, and better focus in class and at home.

Based on the experiences depicted in the film, as well as results at other schools and independent academic studies, mindfulness appears to have broad potential to significantly improve kids’ social interactions with peers and adults, to reduce bullying and violence, and to improve academic performance and graduation rates.

Featuring:
Megan Cowan
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Dan Siegel

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Lorraine Daniels | 3 months, 3 weeks ago
This exercise in mindfulness shows the amazing benefits that everyone can achieve......the next generation of leaders are somewhere in this age group. What saddens me is the amount of trauma/tragedy these young people experience at such a young age :(
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Katherine Karr | 11 months, 3 weeks ago
This was fantastic! I wish everyone was taught mindfulness!
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Glad to know you loved this film, Katherine :) ~ Joyce
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Neil Munro None | 1 year, 9 months ago
This was a thought provoking and honest look at the potential of the next generation and where Mindfulness can fill a very real need in society today.
The regular teacher in this class was an inspiration in allowing this to take place in his classroom. A credit to the mindfulness facilitator in her ability to bring change.An acknowledgment to school managers for their involvement in facilitating education to incorporating positive change.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 year, 9 months ago
Hi Neil! Room to Breathe is indeed a well-crafted documentary and a must-see for anyone who cares about educating kids to be caring and responsible citizens. Glad you loved it! ~ Jasmin.
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Anika Simpson | 1 year, 11 months ago
Wow! I give it up to teachers in K-12. I am an educator and I chose not to go the K-12 route, I don't have the temperament to deal with all that. OMG! I know mindfulness can help our kids , wish this was country-wide in every classroom, the changes in our country and world would be phenomenal. Wish I had this info when I was raising my son but as a young adult he's becoming more receptive to things like this so maybe one day soon he will add mindfulness practices to his daily life. That will be a glorious day!
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Jeannette Hernandez | 1 year, 11 months ago
Amazing! I'm going to implement this into my classroom.
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Marilee Sauer | 2 years, 3 months ago
I thought this was a wonderful movie and I learned a lot about mindfulness. Now to combine a program like this with healthy, local foods....I think it's exactly what are youth need to grow into amazing adults.
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Marilee Sauer | 2 years, 3 months ago
Oops...our youth
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Vee Davila | 2 years, 4 months ago
It looks like it has gotten so out of control with today's youth. I didn't realized that until I watched this documentary. I don't have kids. But I have nieces and nephews that I don't see often. If I knew that my nieces and nephews are acting like that, I will be so embarrassed and sad. My heart goes to teachers and parents. We definitely need to be healed.
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