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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tips, Practices, and Activities for Mindful Communication

last updated December 22, 2020



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by Catharine Hannay




One of my main goals here at Mindful Teachers is helping educators quickly and easily find the resources you need. 

Here's a collection of useful tips, practices, and activities to help adults and kids express themselves honestly and kindly in a complex, interconnected world.






Mindful Listening


Mindful Speech



tips from Celeste Headlee, award-winning interviewer 
and the author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter



Practices for Adults

  • Stop, Wait, Go (knowing when to speak, when to be quiet and when to wait and see), by Susan Gillis Chapman for Mindful.org: 




Activities for Adolescents

These are brief 'case studies'/scenarios for discussion, based on typical challenges of adolescents. 






(11 minutes)

Educator Keegan Korf explains some of her own missteps
 as a young woman on social media, 
and discusses how we can help kids learn to curate their online content.




Mindful Social Media Use


Academic Discussion and Debate

  • Only If You Listen Can You Hear: Ira Rabois, author of Compassionate Critical Thinking, explains how to teach students to participate in a learning dialogue, and how to handle tension in class discussions. 



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and see the Mindfulness Resources page for many more posts about practicing and teaching mindfulness, compassion, and SEL.









Catharine Hannay is the founder of MindfulTeachers.org and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. (Sales of the book help me continue to run MindfulTeachers.org with no sponsorship or advertising.)