Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! Today, May 5, is National Teacher Day, a part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a great event to note as part of my focus in the blog this quarter is on mindfulness in education. I write this post in honor of my stepfather, Fred Huston, who taught middle-school math and science. He passed away about 15 years ago and did not teach in a particularly mindful time or place. However, he taught me something about mindful awareness that I’ll never forget. Many times, he told me to pay attention and “read” other people to find out what they were thinking and feeling. Although he didn’t know it, my stepfather did me a great service by encouraging me to think about mindfulness at a young age. I have carried this wisdom into my adult life, where by taking the time to practice social awareness (a core competency of Social and Emotional Learning), I frequently benefit. I wanted to draw your attention to mindfulness educator Susan Kaiser Greenland’s site here: https://www.susankaisergreenland.com. At this site, you’ll find a wealth of helpful information including video clips. Ms. Greenland is the founder of the Inner Kids Program, which teaches mindfulness to children through awareness of the inner and outer experience. She is also author of the book, “The Mindful Child.” Here’s a link where you can find out more about the book: https://ow.ly/MyECF. If you are a
Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! In this post, I want to tell you about an excellent resource for teachers who want to help themselves and their students learn to use mindful practices. Here’s a link to the site "Mindful Teachers - Living, Learning, and Teaching with Mindful Awareness": https://ow.ly/LSMiV. Mindful Teachers provides a blog, free resources and lesson plans, and many other resources. If you are a teacher or a parent interested in sharing mindfulness with students, you will find excellent information here. Here you’ll find description of a Pebble Meditation that helps students cultivate internal peace so that they can share this approach with the world around them: https://ow.ly/LSMQq. The process uses four pebbles, mindful breathing, and visualization. See more details in the book “Teach, Breathe, Learn,” by Meena Srinivasan. I hope that you enjoy the wide range of resources at the "Mindful Teachers" site. Please leave any questions or comments you may have in the section below. I wish you the peace and satisfaction that can come from experiencing mindfulness.
Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! Research studies have shown that when students learn mindfulness, it can provide a variety of benefits that help them to learn more effectively. It’s not surprising that teachers can also improve their social and emotional skills by practicing mindfulness, reducing burnout and enhancing their effectiveness in the classroom. How can mindfulness help teachers? Since mindfulness involves paying attention to thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, this can help the teacher choose to pay less attention to stressful experiences as they come up. With this awareness, the teacher can learn to deliberately interact more compassionately with challenging students, strengthening how they work together in the classroom. This is powerful. However, as with other kinds of meaningful learning, the benefits of mindfulness take time and practice to lead to positive change. Also, for this change to last, it’s necessary to implement a mindfulness practice that continues over time. For all the details, see the full article (Click Link Here) from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The article includes resources for teachers who want to start a mindfulness practice. If you’re a teacher and inspired to begin a mindfulness practice, it’s great for you to take advantage of this opportunity to increase your own learning. I wish you the best in this important work. If you have any questions, comments, or want information about additional resources to help you get started, please