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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education (recommended book)

It's no secret that there's an ever-increasing level of stress at schools or that teacher burnout is at an all-time high.  

Fortunately, most of us don't have it this bad:  I recently heard from an elementary school teacher who left after one semester because 

"I could not believe how much screaming I heard all day long, from the principal down to the teachers...The idea of teaching in that kind of environment just doesn't appeal to me."

Hopefully she'll be able to find a job in a more reasonable school environment!  And hopefully her former colleagues will all read Everybody Present, by Danish educational mindfulness experts Nikolaj and Didde Flor Rotne, and will adopt their strategies for handling stress and anger.

For teachers who may be new to mindfulness practice, the book contains:
  • A clear overview of current research on the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness for both adults and children;
  • Quotes and anecdotes from teachers who’ve successfully integrated mindfulness practices into their own teaching; and
  • Instructions for beginning a personal mindfulness practice and then introducing mindfulness to students.
Readers who are more experienced with mindfulness practice will particularly appreciate:
  • Tips for dealing with the common obstacles to mindfulness; and
  • Guidelines on keeping appropriate boundaries with colleagues and students while engaged in a mindfulness program.
Everybody Present is an enjoyable, easy-to-read volume that would be a worthy addition to any school library or teacher training program. 
You might also be interested in the accompanying e-workbook available through amazon, which has a 21-day program for teachers to develop a strong mindfulness practice.

related posts:

The Importance of Mindful Teachers (author interview)

Mindful Parents, Mindful Teachers, and Mindful Schools (interview)

Teaching Mindfulness with Integrity (interview)

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