Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Amy Adams




Teachers experience high levels of stress due to the demands of their profession. The purpose of this study is to determine how engaging in ten minutes of mindfulness each day can affect teacher stress and student behavior in a. The researcher-participant was a female teacher in a private, suburban school. Five days a week for six week, the participant engaged in at least ten minutes of mindfulness per day, recording her stress levels before and after the intervention each day and weekly through different means of data collection. The study used pre-, mid-, and post-intervention questionnaires, daily journals, weekly questionnaires, and behavior frequency tracking charts to track stress levels and student behavior. The intervention findings show an overall decrease in teacher stress resulting from student misbehavior and a decrease in the frequency of three common student misbehaviors. Future research should consider tracking common student misbehaviors during morning and afternoon instruction to notice how the time of day also affects student behavior.