Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything (Paperback)

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Mindfulness is going mainstream, and author Deborah Schoeberlein pioneers its practical application in K-12 education. By showing teachers how to tune into what’s happening, inside and around them, she offers educators fresh, straightforward approaches to training attention and generating caring in the classroom. Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness emphasizes how the teacher's personal familiarity with mindfulness seeds the ground for an education infused with attention, awareness, kindness, empathy, compassion, and gratitude. The book follows a teacher from morning to night on typical school day. The schedule provides a practical context for applying and promoting mindfulness throughout the day. Brief, readable segments focus on a full range of topics including classroom procedures, lesson structure, and pacing, as well as social and emotional learning. This approach familiarizes the reader with mindfulness and fosters gradual and steady skills development. Reading the book catalyzes readers’ insights and inspires the teacher’s self-confidence in applying mindfulness — personally and professionally.

Praise for Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything…


"Education is an area that has been crying out for mindfulness. Schoeberlein’s book makes a helpful contribution to a growing body of literature and curricula on how to bring secular contemplative practices, including cultivating kindness, into school systems. It’s replete with techniques to help teachers ground themselves amid the chaos and tension of the classroom, and related techniques that teachers can use to guide students—helping them enjoy being at school, learn better, and get along well with others."—Shambhala Sun

"Reflection can become the new basic "R" of education, promoting social and emotional learning while cultivating resilience and resourcefulness in students of all ages. In this wonderful book, the authors have provided a user-friendly guide to developing a teacher's own way of reflecting on the nature of the mind and on becoming open to present experience--of being "mindful"--that can help develop reflection as a way of living and of teaching. Consider this book an invitation to try on a research-proven focus of attention that nurtures emotional balance, promotes bodily health, supports empathic relationships, and even strengthens the brain. What more could we ask for ourselves as teachers and for our students who deserve to be taught in a way the prepares them for life from the inside out?"—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being

“A gift for educators, helpful in any classroom, for any teacher and with every student.” —Goldie Hawn, children’s advocate and founder of the Hawn Foundation

“This timely volume brings the teaching of mindfulness from the sphere of spiritual traditions into the purview of general education. Devoid of jargon and deeply enriching to students and teachers alike, this contemplative approach promotes new skills that lead to gaining focus, balance, and enjoyment.” —Dalia Judovitz, Ph.D., Contemplative Practice Fellow and NEH Professor at Emory University

“With the kind of relentless good sense that inspires us to stretch ourselves, Schoeberlein skillfully and gently helps teachers—and others—transform habitual interactions into creative and empowering acts, using the tools of awareness and inner equilibrium. Breathe deeply and savor.” —The Aspen Sojourner

“A terrific contribution to understanding why mindfulness belongs in the classroom and a gentle guide on how to weave it into activities.” —Gianni Faedda, M.D., author of Parenting a Bipolar Child

“A wise and sensible guide, a generous gift to teachers and students alike.”—Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of The Juilliard School

“A treasure-trove of practical strategies, and an exceptionally important contribution to the field!” —Richard C. Brown, chair of the Contemplative Education Department, Naropa University

“Many teachers often sense there is a mysterious element to their teaching, something that impacted their effectiveness even more than the material they were offering. This book reveals that element, and offers many specific ways to cultivate, harness, and incorporate it. A must-read for those interested in the potential of education.”—Soren Gordhamer, author of Wisdom 2.0

“This book offers concrete strategies for being less stressed and more emotionally balanced, and present in the classroom. Practicing these techniques will improve any teacher’s ability to deal with the myriad of situations that challenge teachers every day. It is a gift to the education profession and to teachers, learners, schools, and our communities.”—Suzanne Vitullo, ESL teacher

“A rich resource for teachers, school counselors, and faculty involved in preparing the next generation of educators. I can’t wait to share this book with my colleagues and students.” —Susan Theberge, Ed.D., professor of education at Keene State College

“A must-read for all educators.”—Dr. Thomas Farrell, former school superintendent, Kennebunk, Maine

“Offers hands-on tools, exercises, and insights tempered by the voice of experience that help to build relationships with students and engage them in learning, and that will renew teachers’ own energy, passion, and commitment.” —Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, vice president of the Search Institute

Product Details ISBN-10: 0861715675
ISBN-13: 9780861715671
Published: Wisdom Publications, 09/01/2009
Pages: 224
Language: English