Room to breathe

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  • "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."--Http://
  • "Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices: repeating the cycle of trying to force tuned-out children to listen, or to experiment with timeless inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attentional skills that they need to succeed. The first question is whether it's already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in "social" than learning, can a young mindfulness teacher from Berkeley succeed in opening their minds and hearts?"--Http://


  • This is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
  • Originally produced in 2012.
  • A list of discussion questions that can be downloaded will be found on the Room To Breathe web site under the "Press and Reviews" tab (Download Q & A).
  • Special features: Bonus interviews with students (6) and mindfulness experts (3).
  • DVD-R.
  • Closed-captioned.
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