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Title:
Teach, breathe, learn : mindfulness in and out of the classroom
Author:
Srinivasan, Meena.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, California : Parallax Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Meena Srinivasan began teaching in order to touch lives, but with the demands of covering her curriculum she all but forgot her aspiration. During a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, Meena learned for the first time about mindfulness. In Teach, Breathe, Learn, Srinivasan highlights how mindfulness can be an effective tool in the classroom. What makes this book truly unique is Srinivasan's perspective as a classroom teacher, wrestling daily with the conditions about which she writes. Each chapter begins with a personal narrative concerning a challenge Srinivasan faced during the school day and how a specific mindfulness practice helped. Testimonials from students, colleagues, and parents appear in each chapter, along with a mindfulness practice. Part 1 helps teachers develop compassion and shift from "reacting" to "responding" to demands. Part 2 offers techniques for cultivating loving-kindness and seeing students, colleagues, and parents as oneself. The author shares what research says about the effects of mindfulness practice on academic, social, and emotional learning. The last section of the book introduces the complete curriculum teachers can use to incorporate mindfulness into their classroom, replete with lesson plans, PowerPoint diagrams, handouts, and homework assignments"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Practicing mindfulness -- Sharing mindfulness -- Mindfulness as a learned skill : a curriculum for mindful educators.
ISBN:
9781937006747
Format :
Book

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"In Teach, Breathe, Learn, Meena Srinivasan highlights how mindfulness can be an effective tool in the classroom. What makes this book truly unique is her perspective as a classroom teacher, wrestling daily with the conditions about which she writes. "Teach, Breathe, Learn provides accessible, practical application of mindfulness to overcome challenges faced during the school day." Testimonials from students and colleagues are woven throughout the book. Teach, Breathe, Learn is designed for educators at all levels, parents interested in sharing mindfulness with their children, and anyone curious about how to cultivate their own mindfulness practice and eventually teach mindfulness to others. Part 1 helps teachers develop compassion and shift from "reacting" to "responding" to demands. Part 2 offers techniques for cultivating loving-kindness, gratitude and seeing students, colleagues, and parents as oneself. The last section of the book introduces a curriculum teachers can use to incorporate mindfulness into their classroom, replete with lesson plans, handouts, and homework assignments."


Author Notes

Meena Srinivasan is an Indian-American educator and an internationally recognized leader in the field of mindfulness in education. She's a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught in Brazil, India, and the United States.


Table of Contents

Thich Nhat HanhShantum Seth
Forewordp. 12
Introductionp. 14
Part I Practicing Mindfulnessp. 17
Ch 1 What Is Mindfulness?p. 18
Ch 2 Every Breath Countsp. 32
Ch 3 Every Step Countsp. 39
Ch 4 Deep Relaxationp. 43
Ch 5 Mindful Eatingp. 46
Ch 6 Everyday Activitiesp. 51
Ch 7 Watering Helpful Seedsp. 54
Part II Sharing Mindfulnessp. 59
Ch 8 Leading with Lovep. 60
Ch 9 Seeing Others as Yourselfp. 66
Ch 10 The Strategies You Already Havep. 73
Ch 11 Gratitude and Interbeingp. 75
Ch 12 Starting a Mindful Practice Groupp. 78
Part III Mindfulness as a Learned Skill: A Curriculum for Mindful Educatorsp. 87
Ch 13 Mindfulness Lessonsp. 88
Ch 14 Lesson 1 Being Present through Breath Awarenessp. 101
Ch 15 Lesson 2 Being Present through Body Awarenessp. 112
Ch 16 Lesson 3 Interconnection, Kindness, and Gratitudep. 123
Ch 17 Lesson 4 Working with Emotions and Watering Helpful Seedsp. 133
Ch 18 Lesson 5 Mindful Speech and Making Healthy Decisionsp. 140
Ch 19 Lesson 6 Using Technology Mindfullyp. 150
Ch 20 Lesson 7 Peacep. 157
Ch 21 Lesson 8 Final Reflectionsp. 172
Afterwordp. 180
Appendix Mindfulness as a Learned Skill Curriculum: Handouts and Homeworkp. 183
Notesp. 214
Recommended Resourcesp. 218
Acknowledgmentsp. 220
About the Authorp. 222