The issue of stress is coming up more and more everyday in our fast-paced world. Educators are seeing the results of stress on themselves and students, and are beginning to consider meditation as a viable option to support themselves and the children they work with in managing stress.
I feel strongly that adults who work with children should be self aware, and I believe a daily meditative practice can support this goal. I've compiled some reading material and resources that I've found useful in rethinking the role of mindfulness in education.
- A former teacher discusses the benefits of meditation in the classroom and challenges of instituting it district-wide: Should Schools Teach Kids to Meditate?
- How and why the hyper-activity of today's world overwhelms a developing brain: Why Slowing Down Stimuli to Real Time Helps a Child's Brain
- Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, a book by Patricia A. Jennings, is filled with mindful awareness practices to help teachers recognize and regulate emotional activity in their classrooms.
- An especially useful excerpt from the above book, from the chapter "Orchestrating Classroom Dynamics": Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement
- A bit more from Patricia A. Jennings: Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers
- Annaka Harris has free audio files available online that lead children through meditations and exercises.
- The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, a book by Susan Kaiser Greenland, shows parents and educators how to teach mindfulness practices to children.
- A wealth of information around mindfulness and its many applications for both adults and children: Still Quiet Place
Do you have additional books, websites, or methods that you've found helpful as an educator or parent who practices mindfulness?