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.
"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."
Teach as you learn -- Mindfulness in the morning -- On to school -- How you see it -- Kindness and connections -- Beads on a string -- Body awareness -- Mindful words -- Full circle -- Appendix 1 : Summary encapsulation -- Appendix 2 : Formal instructions and references to informal activities.