The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. – Abraham Maslow
One of the concerns educators have today with young people is the ability to be present in the moment. Too often students are preoccupied with smart phones, social media, and outward appearances. Being present in the moment, engaging in real conversations and experiences, is required for true reflection.
Schools, as part of a child-centered educational experience, must cultivate the use of technology as a tool and the ability to be “in the moment” as a skill. The discipline of listening, understanding, and engaging is necessary for a successful, healthy life. From professional endeavors to family relationships, we must be fully present to be fully engaged.