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Friday, June 29, 2012

My Definition of Mindful Teaching

Paul Gooddy for 

It’s what all good teachers do, whether or not they put a label on it.
  • It means staying completely focused during each interaction with a student or group of students. 
  • It means reflecting on what my students are learning and how. 
  • It means not making assumptions.
  • It means realizing that there might not be a “right” answer.
  • It means not taking everything personally.
  • It means recognizing how my background and biases impact what and how I teach.
  • It means balancing the needs of the administration, the students, and the parents or sponsors, but not forgetting my own needs.  I can’t help anyone if I’m too burnt out.

Questions to Ask Myself:
  • Are the students learning what they need to learn?  If not, why not? 
  • Where do I need to put my attention?
  • What am I concerned about?  Is it something I can control?   
  • If so, how?  If not, how do I let go?