Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the classroom, sometimes called “contemplative pedagogy,” is a way of paying attention that helps educators and students alike to be more deliberate in teaching and learning.  A relatively new movement in education, a growing body of research indicates that mindfulness benefits our practice in addition to our physical and mental well-being as teachers.

What Is Mindfulness? (Association for Mindfulness in Education, n.d.)
This resource offers a brief explanation of what mindfulness looks like and why it is becoming a widespread practice in education.

Mindfulness in the Classroom (Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University)
This site includes information on the pedagogical role of mindfulness, meditation in higher education, mindful activities in the classroom, and links to other resources and programs.

Andy Puddicombe is the face of the secular mindfulness movement.  In his widely touted 10 minute TED talk, All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes, Puddicombe discusses the transformative power of mindfulness.

 

Mindfulness & Teacher Well-being

Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers? (Zakrzewski, 2013)
A body of recent research suggests that teachers who practice mindfulness are less likely to burn out and show increased performance in the classroom.

How Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout  (Zakrzewski, 2012)
Tips for staying calm and being kind to yourself, even in a stressful situation

Resources

Mindfulness in the Classroom
A comprehensive site created by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, discover the pedagogic role of mindfulness, examples of using mindfulness in the classroom, and more.

Mindfulness: Getting Started
How do you start practicing mindfulness?  Check out this site produced by the Foundation for a Mindful Society to learn how to start, feel better, reduce your stress, and enjoy your life a little more.

The Mindful PhD
This blog offers a thoughtful perspective on how a university faculty member brings mindfulness into her practice.