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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.
- The Gift of Your Presence: quick tips for being fully present in a conversation
- Mindful Listening in a Noisy World: three practices to help adults and kids focus in a distracting environment, by Ira Rabois, author of Compassionate Critical Thinking.
- Changing the Script: This suggestion from The Autism Playbook for Teens can help any of us calmly respond when we're feeling annoyed.
- Four Principles for Mindful Communication with Kids, by Oren Jay Sofer for Mindful Schools
- 7 Teacher Phrases That Can Change Your Classroom Culture, by Elizabeth Mulhavil at We Are Teachers
- What Type of Conversation Do You Want?: Even if the other person doesn't respond exactly as we'd like them to, it can still help to have a plan before going into a difficult conversation.
- Wise Elder Visualization: a practice for parents and teachers (from Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child): Imagine a supportive elder who can help you respond mindfully in emotionally-charged situations.
How to Have a Good Conversation
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:
- Wholehearted Listening (to improve teacher-student relationships), by Tish Jennings for Mindful.org
Activities for Adolescents
These are brief 'case studies'/scenarios for discussion, based on typical challenges of adolescents.
- Power Struggles, from the Mindfulness for Teen Anger
- T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak 1 and T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak 2
- These are among the most popular activities here at MindfulTeachers.org. I've also got a printable THINK worksheet that combines the two original activities. (This is the version I included in my book Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness.)
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
- How Mindful Am I Online?: This is a printable worksheet identifying common social media challenges, from my book Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness. (The activity is appropriate for different ages and genders.)
- Insta-Ready: Helping teens develop the digital literacy skills they need to manage the glossy images they see on social media, by Bari Walsh for Usable Knowledge (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
- Is Your Teen Addicted to Tech? How to Stop Panicking and Create Healthy Solutions, by Erica Marcus for Mindful Schools
- Mindful Cell Phone Use, for Students and Teachers: reflections and discussion topics by Ira Rabois, author of Compassionate Critical Thinking
- Mindful Social Networking: suggestions for managing our own social media use, by Ethan Nichtern for Mindful.org
- 12 Brain Benefits of Unplugging—And How to Find Device-Free Time for Your Students, by Stacy Tornio for We Are Teachers.
Academic Discussion and Debate
- How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom, by Martha Caldwell for Greater Good: "Guided by their own questions, which arise out of classroom sharing and compassionate listening, students become inspired to learn."
- 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.
- Using Mindful Questioning to Enhance Academic Learning: Ira Rabois gives suggestions for integrating mindfulness instruction with academic content in English, Philosophy, Drama, History, and Psychology.
If you found these resources useful, you may also be interested in:
- Video Playlist: Mindful (vs. Clueless) Communication
- Resources for Practicing and Teaching Kindness and Compassion
- Integrating Academics with Mindfulness and SEL
- Upstander and Anti-Bullying Resources
and see the Mindfulness Resources page for many more posts about practicing and teaching mindfulness, compassion, and SEL.