by Jane Mayer, The Teaching Well “Well! That sounds like quite the luxury.” “So… you bring wellness techniques we can use for students?” “Wow! You push into professional development time to support teacher well-being. Is there enough time? How do they fit it in?” Kelly, our Executive Director, and I love students (extraordinarily). We […]
Welcome to the Bridging Blog.
Here, we hope you'll appreciate the insightful contributions of our conference presenters, who've offered perspectives on mindfulness in education, clinical practice, research, and more.
By Dr. Amy Saltzman Last week I was completing a 10-week Still Quiet Place course with 30 teachers from a local high school. The principal is committed to bringing mindfulness to the entire school population in a meaningful and sustainable way. Thus, we began with the course for teachers. The intentions for this course were […]
If we are truly being mindful, we cannot ignore the need for more compassionate practices when caring for youth.
By LeesaMaree Bleicher “In the depth of winter; I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer” –Albert Camus Wearing a stark white cloak against an every shade of blue sky, winter bares the burden of revealing sensitivity to the world. With little to no adornment, winter paints sensitivity with soft wispy clouds, […]
By Dr. Amy Saltzman In the spring of 2010, when I spoke at the Mindfulness in Education Conference at Lesley University, I found myself repeatedly forming circles with both hands and moving them toward one another. Over and over, I spoke of circles beginning to converge. As a mindfulness educator, I continue to see a […]
Research shows that children who are bullied often carry a posture and a story of victimization. Trauma, low self-esteem, learning disabilities and obesity also can set up a child for ridicule and rejection. As we’ve noted before, such children begin to walk and talk in a victimized way. They begin to form a story of […]
by Lisa Thomas Prince When I first transitioned from my role as a K-8 teacher of world languages to a teacher of mindfulness, I was thrilled to bring into my professional life what had been, until that point, my mostly personal practice of mindfulness meditation. But conveying to these squirrely preschool-aged kiddos in front of […]
by Char Wilkins and Jan Chozen Bays A two-and-a-half-year-old boy weighed 79 pounds, three times normal weight for his age, and he suffered from sleep apnea. After his parents’ two attempts to control the boy’s weight through dieting failed, surgery was approved.1 A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was performed on the boy which involved removing the […]
by Dr. Amy Saltzman Originally posted on Mindful Teachers A rectangular space is defined. Visual cues are used to designate 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent, and 100 percent of the distance from one end to the other. Participants are instructed to move forward, demonstrating an emotion at a given percentage. Because it is very common […]
by LeesaMaree Bleicher The issues some youth face are multifaceted and complex, and the causes of their suffering are often left unnamed. And so as therapists, teachers, and caregivers, we often treat the only thing we can see: the symptoms. Meanwhile, the causes underlying the symptoms can get left behind. Our treatments are further limited […]