Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Teachers are overwhelmed with the expectations that continue to be placed on them each year. Teacher burnout is at an all time high. I will be speaking from the perspective of a teacher with 38 years of teaching experience. We will discuss creating a culture of mindfulness in the classroom, and school wide among the adults. Mindfulness starts with us, and we will address how that impacts our ability to stay calm, compassionate and connected with our students. Students will be more likely to remember to be mindful if the adult in the room models this. We will explore mindfulness, compassion and self-compassion practices for ourselves during the busy and stressful school day, which ultimately creates a container in which mindfulness can flourish in our students.
Planting the seed of mindfulness and helping children become aware of their feelings, choices and responses has proven benefits for both the students and the teacher. Creating a safe space for children, and myself as the teacher, to learn and make mistakes enhances the possibility of all of us attaining the current institutional expectations and academic standards and doing so with joy and compassion. We will discuss simple ways in which mindfulness can be shared in the classroom on a daily basis.
- Understand the powerful effect that personal mindfulness has on teacher response and how this improves student academic performance and pro-social behavior.
- Experience concrete examples of formal and spontaneous practices that those who work with children can begin to use immediately to transform their classrooms. These practices are easily adaptable for older students.