Investing time in teaching students mindfulness techniques might cost you some class time but as a teacher said you get that time back tenfold. This is a worthwhile investment in my eyes. Not all education has to be academic sometimes you need to develop skills and techniques to deal with everyday life situations like stress and people.
By teaching kids skills to improve their state of mindfulness these students are able to participate more within their classroom. Where problems of behavior would limit their time from classroom learning these students are able to minimize that time. This is a big deal because discipline issues are one of the reasons kids are not able to learn and cuts time from teachers being able to teach.
Once students learn these mindfulness techniques they don’t just use it once and forget. They own it, and often times end teaching other people they know. This is incredible as students learn and develop these complex skills they are also learning to be teachers and leaders within their communities.